The Crestone Eagle • June, 2020

There’s No Such Thing As A Weed: Being with the plants

by Dorje Root, RH (AHG)

It’s June and time to get out of the house and see what’s growing!  Social distancing is easy along the trails, and if we have a mosquito season at all this year it won’t be until the end of the month.  Take your camera or be adventurous and take a drawing pad and some pencils, and spend a little time with the plants.

Golden banner, in the pea family, is one of the first flowers to bloom here.  You can’t miss it with its bright yellow blooms along trails and roadsides.  It is medicinal, but too toxic for the beginner.

Wild irises or blue flag are just beginning to bloom as I write this.  Their beautiful purple flowers can be found in meadows, especially near creeks and in moister areas.  Again, medicinal but not for beginners.

Wild violets are blooming now in shady enclaves.  Their blooms are so brief that they may be gone by the time this article comes out.  Beautiful, edible, and medicinal, although their numbers are small here.  This is why you brought a camera or drawing pad.  Sit with them, get to know them, and enjoy this precious time to capture their beauty on paper.  Admire their delicate flowers and heart-shaped leaves.

Wild strawberries are equally elusive.  You can find the three-leafed plant with 5 petaled white flowers along trails.  You’d be lucky to find a berry though, with so many hungry small critters around!

Wild geraniums are coming up, especially along the creeks.  So far, I’ve only seen the leaves but the white to light purple flowers will be coming soon.  Medicinally, these are lovely astringents, the root being stronger than the leaf.  I have picked a leaf occasionally to put on a blister on my foot as I walked, finding it healed when I got home.

Wild roses will be blooming now along the roadsides and creeks.  They’ve always seemed to me to be a sign of the transience of summer in the high country.  There’s a feeling of being drunk on their beauty one day and the next they’re already losing their petals and moving on. 

Spending a morning, or a day drawing the flowers is incredibly relaxing!   It’s one of those things that I love to do, and so often miss it by getting caught up in the speed of life.  Perhaps this is one benefit of staying at home for so long—slowing down.  Enjoy!   

Dorje Root, RH (AHG) is an herbalist and natural healer, also working with Plant Spirit Medicine, Intuitive Energy Healing and ‘The Journey’ cellular healing.  For an appointment call 719-937-7786 or visit