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Ethnobotanical trail - Medicinal plants

Wild plants offer many possibilities for those who have the patience to get to know them. The ethnobotanical trail of medicinal plants will introduce you to plants used in the past and those which can still be used.


Sometimes you don’t have to go far to find what you need. A corner full of weeds can be as good as a pantry. Some plants we pull up are more nutritious and savoury than those we grow in our vegetable gardens. For instance, nettles and Good-King-Henry contain far more minerals than spinach.

In the old days, people picked because they had to. The poorest had the broadest repertoire. Today some great cooks particularly favour a little plant that was called “manure herb” when just a few years ago those who ate it were ashamed to admit it. Soup was the basis of the mountain farmers’ diet. Mostly it was made with potatoes and a few seasonal herbs. If it was too bland, a couple of leaves of the powerful “Maggi-herb”, which got its name from the stock cubes, would do the trick. In spring, baby leaves of various kinds awakened the taste buds.

The second ethnobotanical trail, in Arsine, focuses on edible plants.

You can connect the two ethnobotanical trails on foot by the GR54.


Overtures :

From 01/05 to 31/10.

Subject to favorable weather.



Achillée millefeuille - © J. Selberg

Parking de l'Arboretum
05320 La Grave


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Le GR54 de La Grave à Arsine

La vue sur le glacier du Tabuchet et la Meije depuis le départ du chemin - © Elodie Lefebvre

La Grave

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Le GR54 de La Grave à Arsine

A short path linking the village of La Grave to the small village of Arsine after Villar d'arène on the GR54.

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Ethnobotanical trail - edible plants

Fleurs d'Arnica sur le sentier ethnobotanique du Pied du Col à Villar d'arène


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Ethnobotanical trail - edible plants

Wild herbs offer a well of possibilities for those who have the patience to get to know them. On the ethnobotanical trails you can learn about the properties of wild plants and how they were used by people in the valley on. The one in Pied du Col focalises on edible plants.

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