Here is a list of foraging links of the Sonoran Desert, links to North American ethnobotanical and plant databases, and more links to learning about sustainability. I hope you'll find it useful!
Wishing you happy foraging,
Kelly Athena aka Cactus Kelly
Master gardener and Sonoran Desert forager
Foraging Equipment and Supplies
Native American Ethnobotany Database --wonderful site with how plants were used and can still be used
2055 plants found within 40 miles of Phoenix, Arizona. Details on each one and thousands of photos. Search all of Arizona, specific areas, specific types of plants, common or botanical name, or other states for more plants--
includes ethnobotany information (how indigenous people have used each plant) swbiodiversity.org
Plant Walks and Workshops
Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert--Low Water Usage
Savor the Southwest: Recipes with Foraged Desert Plants
Plants for a Future including edible and medicinal uses of 7,000 plants
Desert Harvesters: How to harvest and process Sonoran Desert edibles
7000 Medicinal Herbs including many desert ones
Detailed database of plants in each U.S. state and every continent at efloras.org
Encyclopedia of Life--amazing database of plants
American Botanical Council
Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases by the late Dr. Duke
Arizona State University Plant Database for Phoenix landscaping plants
Arizona Naturalist and Sonoran Desert Naturalist--detailed database of plants at arizonensis.org
Sonoran Desert Info
Brad Fiero's "Common Plants and Animals of the Tucson Area"
The Arizona Native Plants Society
- The Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
- The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix
- Tucson Botanical Gardens
- Southwestern Cacti - Photos and facts about all 152 species of Cacti found in Arizona.
- USGS Survey of Plant Communities at Tuzigoot National Monument
- The University of Arizona Press's "An Illustrated Guide to ARIZONA WEEDS"
- The University of Arizona Herbarium home page has links to photos and lots of local flora information.
- The Arizona State University Vascular Plant Herbarium
- Botany Facts
- Newspaper Articles I've Written: Sustainability Theme
- Newsletter I recommend subscribing to to learn about intelligent kindness: Brain Pickings
Prickly Pear Cactus Facts
How to Create a Food Forest with Edible Trees in Arizona LeafNetworkAZ.org
Forest to Plate
My Community Garden: Ahwatukee Community Garden Project
Eat the Weeds
Weebly websites are easy to build and don't have ads: Learn more here
Coral reef health impacts even the desert: Chasing Coral movie on Netflix
The Nerdy Farm Wife: Do It Yourself natural remedies Soaps, Balms, Foods . . .
Flagstaff Foraging Eat. Drink. Wander. Food Blog readbite.com
Harvesting Acorns for Food
Sustainable Communication cnvc.org
Tucson Civano Nursery Guide with 550 Plants civanonursery.com
Share Sustainability with your Neighbors Nextdoor.com
The Rain to Table Movement—Watershed Advocacy
Rainwater Harvesting Tanks and Seamless Gutters Co. in Phoenix
Native American Wisdom
Wonderful Native American documentaries —Tending the Plants is Our Life
Tohono O'odham Community, Traditional Foods and Gardening
Native American Ethnobotany
Native American Uses of Wise Plants disguised as "weeds"
Tending the Wild Videos--foraging wild plants
Help save the monarch butterflies by planting milkweed in your yard!
Details at these two links:
Monarch Garden by Cathy Cromell
Monarchs in the Desert by Gail Morris
Butterfly and Caterpillar Photos for ID
Butterflies and Moths of North America
Bug Expert Eric
More Plant Resources
Maricopa Master Gardeners Roots and Shoots monthly publication
Arizona Plants and Animals
Useful Tropical Plants
Moringa, The Tree of Life, will grow in the Sonoran Desert
Moringa Tree, More Info
Desert Gardening Hub by Peggy Thomas: local plant events and many gardening tips for the low desert
Chia: An important plant to revive in our area
More about Chia
Weekly compost collection service for homes and businesses in the Phoenix area: Recycled City
Mesquite, Ironwood, and Palo Verde tree bean harvesting and preparing: Desert Harvesters
Permaculture in the Sonoran Desert in Tucson: The Bean Tree Farm Subscribe to their newsletter to receive desert edible workshop invitations.
Publications on Sustainable Farming: Sustainable Agriculture
Seed Libraries: Native Seeds
Rio Salado Seedshed Library
Maricopa County Master Gardeners Website
Do you have a question about a plant in Maricopa County?
Contact the Plant Help Desk at 602-827-8201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hotline and Diagnostic Clinic: Call at 602-827-8200 Ext. 301 or e-mail at email@example.com
Speakers Bureau: 602-827-8200 Ext. 837
Free Horticulture Publications on how to grow plants in the low desert of Maricopa County
Desert Garden Institute Public Classes
The Arizona Master Garden Manual
How do I become an Maricopa County Master Gardener?
When to plant vegetables in Maricopa County
How to plant vegetables in Maricopa County
Wild Plants at Arizona Bushman
Build Your Bones with Plants—Prevent Osteoporosis!
Health and Plant-Based Diet
Community Supported Agriculture for Phoenix, Arizona area and Recipes
Cooking with Foraged Desert Foods—Recipes!
Get Rid of Gophers or Moles with Natural Methods
Places to Learn about Native Plants
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, Arizona
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona
Tucson Tohono Chul Park
Healthy Restaurants located in:
Ahwatukee, Arizona: Pomegranate Cafe
Experts in Wild Desert Plants:
Check out Mark Lewis, botanist and extraordinary forager in his booth at the
Scottsdale Old Town Farmers Market, open from October - May
Plant Walk Events with Cactus Kelly
Blue Wind School of Botanical Studies