Edible and Useful Plants of the Southwest

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Edible and Useful Plants of the Southwest

Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona

By Delena Tull

Illustrations by Michael Earney, Julia Larke, Judy Teague, Suzanne Rippe

Photographs by George Oxford Miller

Now expanded to cover more plants of New Mexico and Arizona, here is the most complete guide to edible and useful Southwestern plants, including recipes, teas and spices, natural dyes, medicinal uses, poisonous plants, fibers, basketry, and industrial uses.

July 2013


33% website discount price


5.5 x 8 | 500 pp. | 82 line drawings, 62 color photos in section

ISBN: 978-0-292-74827-9

All around us there are wild plants useful for food, medicine, and clothing, but most of us don’t know how to identify or use them. Delena Tull amply supplies that knowledge in this book, which she has now expanded to more thoroughly address plants found in New Mexico and Arizona, as well as Texas.

Extensively illustrated with black-and-white drawings and color photos, this book includes the following special features:

  • Recipes for foods made from edible wild plants
  • Wild teas and spices
  • Wild plant dyes, with instructions for preparing the plants and dyeing wool, cotton, and other materials
  • Instructions for preparing fibers for use in making baskets, textiles, and paper
  • Information on wild plants used for making rubber, wax, oil, and soap
  • Information on medicinal uses of plants
  • Details on hay fever plants and plants that cause rashes
  • Instructions for distinguishing edible from poisonous berries
  • Detailed information on poisonous plants, including poison ivy, oak, and sumac, as well as herbal treatments for their rashes

By Delena Tull

Delena Tull is an environmental science educator and naturalist. A twenty-year resident of Central Texas, she holds a Ph.D. in science education from the University of Texas at Austin.