May. 14, 2018

goldenseal, Hydrastis canadensis

Goldenseal is one of the more commonly used herbs in traditional medicine. As a result it has been over collected, and is at risk in much of its range. The United Plant Savers are working to protect goldenseal and other herbal medicine sources that may be at risk, for whatever reason. UPS has a 306 acre preserve dedicated to goldenseal in southern Ohio. Other efforts throughout its range are contributing to a recovery for goldenseal. But collectors of herbs continue to put pressure on goldenseal populations. The plant may be a permanent at risk species because of these competing forces. These half inch apetalous flowers are easy to recognize, which contributes to the risk. Goldenseal is a woodland species in AL, AR, CT(E), DE, GA(E), IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA(E), MD(T), MI(T), MN(E), MO, MS, NC(E), NJ(E), NY(T), OH, OK, PA(V), TN(S), VA(E), VT, WI, WV, and ON. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 5/11/11.