Herbalist's Primer Collection

From screaming mandragoras to shape-shifting deadly nightshade to hawthorns holding portals to the fey realms - the world of plant folklore is full of fascinating stories, magical rituals, and simple spells that are quite unbreakable.


Herbalist's Primer is a system-agnostic illustrated guide to real-world magical plants. Inspired by the 19th-century herbalists and the millennia of folklore, myths, and legends, it brings a wealth of easily-accessible, organized information straight to your gaming table. 


About the book:


Every entry lists—if possible—their culinary, medicinal, magical, and poisonous properties. Each entry includes basic botanical information, a handy scale reference, commonly used names, and a short description, so there’s no need to read the whole thing if you’re just browsing for inspiration!

We have chosen the most interesting magical plants of the world’s folklore, from the Arctic to Cape Horn. We’ve read numerous herbaria, and took a deep dive into the planet’s biodiversity.

And now we bring it all to you: nicely organized for your convenience and fully illustrated!


The Team:


Created by Anna Urbanek from Double Proficiency
Additional writing by Jakub Wisz
Editing by Jarrett Crader and Fiona Maeve Geist, members of the MoonRat Conspiracy
Science edits by Rishi R. Masalia

Published by Exalted Funeral Press and Double Proficiency



Herbalist's Primer - Hardcover Book 

  • A full-color, hardcover book (6" x 9") with 360 pages of botanical, ethnobotanical, folklore, and tabletop roleplaying material. 
  •  100 illustrated, detailed descriptions of magically-inclined plants from around the world - from aconite to yew.
  •  Short, sweet, and useful lore chapters on the basics of botany, herb gathering, preparation, alchemy, poisons & antidotes, and more!
  •  Recipes for magical and medicinal concoctions, written in-world and in accordance with occult lore of the ages past (mix aconite with animal fat, then rub it on a broom handle for an excellent flying experience!).
  •  Tools for creating original magical plants, plot hooks, quest ideas, and a botanical Latin primer to give your custom, fantastical plants a semi-proper scientific name.
  • Convenient tables with magical and medicinal properties of plants, astronomical correspondences, and the language of flowers - all according to the highest authorities in the fields.
  • An index, a detailed table of contents, references, bibliography—everything you’d expect from a popular-science publication that will make your herbalist cry the tears of joy. 

Standard Edition: 360 pages, 6" x 9", hardcover book, full-color. PDF not included.

Limited KS Edition: 360 pages, 6" x 9", hardcover book, full-color, high quality green cloth cover with foil debossing. This edition will not be reprinted. PDF not included.


No digital items are included with this purchase. If you want digital copies you will need to reach out to Double Proficiency at doubleproficiency@gmail.com.


Herbalist's Notebook - Spiral Bound Notebook

Herbalist's Notebook! Ever wanted to have more fun with plants at your gaming table? Well, here you go: a cool notebook for your herbalist character. Here's 80 pages for you to play with: make a Herbalist's Primer of your own! 

Draw all the cool plants your character encounters in the game, note down your ingenious potions, or even make it a real herbal and put some dried flowers into it! It's spiral-bound, so you don't have to worry about the extra bulk! We've also included some reference material there and a whole bunch of black and white illustrations, so you can doodle and color to your heart's content.


  • Space for 20 plants collected in the wild
  • A whole bunch of custom recipes
  • Space for notes, map-drawing, and coloring
  • We even put some dots on the pages, to make drawing squares and hexes easier.
  • We've also included a small guide on how to collect and preserve plants (in case you want to put all your dried four-leaf clovers inside),
  • As well as a bunch of useful tables and references, to cut down on time spent browsing the book.

80 pages, spiral bound notebook. Option of color cover or black and white cover to color to your enjoyment. PDF not included.


No digital items are included with this purchase. If you want digital copies you will need to reach out to Double Proficiency at doubleproficiency@gmail.com.


Herbalist's Flash Cards - Set of 100 cards

Herbalist's Flash Cards cover all 100 plants in the book, on sturdy, laminated, high-quality card stock and in a pretty tuck box. 

Set of 100 full-color poker-sized cards, printed front and back, in full-color tuck box. PDF not included.

No digital items are included with this purchase. If you want digital copies you will need to reach out to Double Proficiency at doubleproficiency@gmail.com.


Song of the Hedge Herbalist's Adventure - Zine

System-neutral plant-based adventure! Written by Jakub Wisz from Double Proficiency, a system-neutral plant-based adventure, incorporating elements found in the book! Ready to drop into any campaign.

20 pages, A5 size saddle-stitched zine, color throughout. PDF not included.

No digital items are included with this purchase. If you want digital copies you will need to reach out to Double Proficiency at doubleproficiency@gmail.com.


Herbalist's Poster

Get the visual plant guide all on a pretty poster in a glorious yet convenient size of 11" by 17".  You can put it on your wall or use it as a dice-drop random table! The other side of it features useful tables for random plant generation.

11" x 17" (folded to 5.5"x8.5")  double-sided, full-color poster. PDF not included.


No digital items are included with this purchase. If you want digital copies you will need to reach out to Double Proficiency at doubleproficiency@gmail.com.

Format:Herbalist's Primer - Standard Edition Hardcover Book
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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 12 reviews

    It’s a beautiful book - the artwork is gorgeously detailed, the quality of the paper and cover are exquisite. Very pleased with the book!


    Such a brilliant idea for a book, both from a gamer's perspective and a reader's perspective. If you ever want to have a plant-based character in a ttrpg setting, I cannot recommend this book enough. Flawless execution!


    A true work of art! I absolutely love the blend of fact and fantasy. Magnificent!


    The book is a lovely combination of folklore, fantasy, and immanently playable ideas. I picked it up with the intent to make my TTRPG world feel a bit more fleshed out, and to trick out magical workspaces with background details that fit in with the story, and it very much helps with that.


    A great addition!

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