Folklore of Plants

I’m constantly on the lookout for a definitive guide to the folklore of plants, especially Celtic or fairy plants. Mostly I’ve found bits and pieces here and there: Lady Wilde, or some in Katharine Briggs’ Encyclopedia of Fairies. Celtic Folklore Cooking, by Joanna Asala, features folklore interspersed with her recipes compatible with a modern kitchen (and American measurements). As an added feature, her recipes are indexed according to the corresponding Christian and Traditional holidays.

 But I’ve yet to a find an encompassing all-in-one sourcebook.

 In the meantime, my latest find is Trees for Life, a charity devoted to restoring the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands.   Check out their Mythology and Folklore of the Caledonian Forest webpage at  Not just trees—other plants and animals of Caledonia are also featured.


Drop me a line if you have a resource to recommend.


Books mentioned:

Asala, Joanna. Celtic Folklore Cooking. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn, 2001.

Briggs, Katharine. An Encyclopedia of Fairies : Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies, and Other Supernatural Creatures. NY: Pantheon, 1976.

 Lady Wilde. Irish Cures, Mystic Charms, & Superstitions. (The version I have is selections reprinted in Irish Inspirations: Toasts, Wit & Blessings. Sterling Publications, 2009).


One comment on “Folklore of Plants

  1. Sarah says:

    Hey I just literally stumbled onto your site and I’m doing a bit of fairy research myself… along with their plants involved. (I know this post is very old but maybe you’re still interested!) Here is a couple of books that might be of interest to you! Irish Wild Plants: Myths, Legends and Folklore and also Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants, and Trees. You can buy them at amazon or barnes and noble.. or check to see if your local library has them!

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