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Functional Plants

A basic list of the Functional Plants important to our ancestors in the Old West.
Additions may be expected from time to time… Doc

Beargrass - Functional PlantsBear Grass – (Xerophyllum tenax), aka:, squaw grass, soap grass, quip-quip, and Indian basket grass. This species was, and still is, used by Native Americans who weave it into baskets. Turning from green to white as they dry, the tough fibrous leaves are durable and readily take natural dyes. They can be manipulated into tight waterproof weaves. This plant is used by the Hupa people to create border patterns in baskets. Some tribes braid dried leaves and use them as adornment. Photo U.S. PD, USFS   {001}


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