Posted by: jakinnan | November 3, 2011

Old Man’s Beard-Natural Firestarter

Old Man’s beard is a moss or lichen that is commonly found on old spruce and fir stands, old tamarack stands, and old-growth white cedar stands. This is one of the best natural firestarters found in nature. Just a little bit of this tinder will easily take a spark.


  1. My mother used to use this for dyeing wool for her weaving. Indigenous peoples in western North America used it for bedding, sanitary napkins and diapers. A very versatile plant.

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