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My Favorite Cordage Making Plants

BEST KNOWN CORDAGE PLANTS

by Tim Swanson

LEAVES

  • Yucca*

  • Day Lily**

  • Cattail

  • Iris

  • Corn (Husk)

STEM

  • Milkweed*

  • Dogbane**

  • Stinging Nettle*

  • Hemp

  • Velvet Leaf

  • Burdock

  • Fireweed

  • Flax

  • Evening Primrose

  • Dandelion

BARK (usually inner bark)

  • Basswood**

  • Hickory

  • Cedar

  • Willow

  • Juniper

  • Cottonwood

  • Chestnut*

ROOTS

  • Spruce (or most evergreens, use “as is”)**

  • Juniper

VINE (dried but unprocessed, used to make baskets or “static” bindings)

  • Bittersweet**

  • Grape

  • Blackberries

*Plants that I have worked with that I particularly enjoy

**My favorite plant from each category


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