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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Lone Pine Publishing; Fourth edition (April 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551055724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551055725
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. Epp on Feb. 5 2013
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One aspect that I like about this book is that there are full colour pictures of the actual plant under its listing (definitely helps for identification of the real deal). Another thing is that it goes into detail about the medicinal uses of the different parts of the plant and the different ways to prepare it for various uses. It also gives the appropriate warnings if a plant or preparation method may be harmful or dangerous (e.g. warning - should not be used during pregnancy - is found at times). Next it is not full of scientific jargon. It is very user friendly for those of use who are not biology majors. Finally in all my walks in nature (northern Sask.), I haven't found a plant that this book does not identify (yet). There is a pleasant thrill to be able to look at an unfamiliar plant and have the challenge of trying to identify it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rachelleme on Aug. 4 2013
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This book is better than many out there. It doesn't ramble on with stories about life 200 or so years ago, with a small mention of the plant. It gives clear and concise information on the plants and their uses. I imagine one would like to do further research on plant processing for accuracy. Images: good photography although pictures of the plant in all seasons would be very helpful, as well as line drawings that can sometimes show more than a photograph. But it gives me a place to start my research. You have to know the names of what's out there for us before you can research all it's uses!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sarah on June 2 2014
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So I haven't really had much time to go through this too thoroughly yet, but I have read a bit and it looks really promising. I've been waiting on a book like this that actually provides colour photos for every plant featured, and I snatched this up as soon as I stumbled across it. It's informative, well-organised, has good pictures and descriptions, and is as compact as it can be while providing the information I need. I do wish, however, that it gave a bit more information on how to use the plants. For example, it will say that [a random plant] is good for soothing poison ivy, yet it will not say how to do so (mind you, sometimes it does say exactly what to do if it's simple, such as crushing the leaves and rubbing them on the skin). Overall, a pretty good book, and definitely the best of it's kind out there (that I've been able to find). A pretty decent purchase. I'd recommend it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Prinsloo on July 31 2011
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This is an amazing book! Very informative and written so that anybody can understand it. I have learned a lot about the plants in and around my yard already. I could identify a lot that I didn`t know of before. Highly recommended!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grant on Feb. 6 2014
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Great book for reference, and general knowledge. But definitely not a field guide or how to book for eating wild foods, they make this very clear on the first page :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By scarecrow on Feb. 18 2014
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It has amazing coverage of so many species, and it synthesizes so much knowledge from so many sources. I haven't found another book that even compares in Northeastern Canada. This is my #1 medicinal plant reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Seruntine TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 29 2015
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Beautifully illustrated with color photos, useful descriptions. Could use more data on how to harvest and when, but an otherwise excellent resource.
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This is a beautiful and informative book.

It includes all of the major plant, tree, shrub, etc. species of Canada, each with a beautiful colour photo and/or artist's drawing. Each entry has a nice photo (some have multiple photos), as well as information on the medicinal use and edible (or inedible) parts of the plant. It also has an extremely important section on poisonous species to avoid. One of the nice little bonuses is that it often provides a few sentences on the historical uses of the plant by Aboriginal Peoples and settlers. This is a fun way to learn how the plant has been used over the centuries. The book was also put together by a team of academics and seasoned veterans, so it even includes some of the scientific evidence for the health benefits of each plant.

When the book arrived, I couldn't believe how great of a value it was. With so many colourful photos of beautiful plants and trees, this would even be a great coffee table book for those who aren't necessarily hikers. I myself plan to use it to learn all about the beautiful species of plants that inhabit Canada. When you see the photos and start identifying plants all around you (even in cities it is easy to spot them once you know them) you will never look at nature the same way again. All of the "weeds" I used to ignore I now see as beautiful plants that all have their own value, even if they aren't necessarily the thing people want on their manicured lawns.

If you are interested in learning about the plant species of Canada and/or want to learn the functional uses of plants in your local forest or field, this is the book for you. It is a great value and full of beautiful pictures and interesting facts. A+
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