I do! These “water weeds”(I hope that is an acceptable term) really do help hold down the planet.I have been “eyeing” this plant just off the city trail and has just recently started to show it’s colors.That weed would be .Pickerelweed-Pantederia corodata-a marsh-acquatic(sounds better than water weed) found in the eastern part of the U.S. and into Canada.The lance shaped leaved plant grows on the banks of ponds growing 3-5 feet above the surface producing a spike of purple flowers.The submerged part of the plant provides habitat for invertebrates that become food for fish,ducks,reptiles and the flowers attract butterflies.In addition the plant helps hold down the perimeter of the pond/body of water.All good here!
pic by td help from ufl.edu-thanks.
The wildflower in tim’s weed patch-yes there really is one-that is trying to brighten up the cloudy 4th of July-is Coreopsis(Coreopsis tinctoria).Also known as Tickseed,the perennial has 70-80 relatives that are native to the Americas that likes moist soil.It attracts butterflies and caterpillars.Any plant that butterflies likes is a good thing!Like a lot of wildflowers and weeds,they provided a benefit to mankind.Our Native Americans used the root as a tea for diarrhea.
pics by td-Happy 4th of July!
Yarrow-Achillea millefolium(Aster family)-is my go to plant to cover where grass just can not do the job.I plant it where grass has died out or in areas where there has been too much water to help with erosion.It seems to be drought tolerant and while might take a year to establish it starts to spread to fill in where needed.Plus it really does not need mowed as I think it looks good just the way it is.Yarrow is also called Milfoil,Thousandleaf, and Woundwort and is a perennial with about 100 other species.It grows in fields,pastures,disturbed sites-my fave,and prairies(tallgrass),my back yard.I have seen this plant to have yellow flowers which are very cool looking.As with a lot of weeds it has has medicinal uses.The plant has antiseptic properties and was used to pack wounds.I told you it was a worker bee!
pics by td;help from “Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers”-Ladd
Phytophotodermatitis-also PPD-is basically the condition when the juice of a plant comes in contact with the skin in the presence of sunlight can cause a rash and blistering and discoloration of the skin(i,e. the skin erupts).Ok so be careful with wild parsnip-Pastinaca sativa.This weed is all over in my neck of the woods and can be found in all the usual places-fields,pastures,disturbed places.It is fairly tall(4 ft+) with alternate leaves with flat top flowers-numerous five pleated yellow flowers blooming now til late summer.Wild parsnip is a native of Europe and Asia that escaped cultivation-I love this description.In addition one can get this from plants/weeds including queen anne’s lace,giant hog weed,figs,carrots,celery, and limes-all the same happy family.So be careful out there!
pic by td-this weed even looks serious;research from:dnr.state.mn.us and commonsesnsehome.com
One sees this plant-weed for some and wildflower for others-all over my neck of the woods.Yellow Rocket-Barbarea vulgaris-a member of the Mustard family is a biennial plant that for the first year forms a rosette of leaves(germinates in the summer/fall) and in the second year shoots up a flower stalk that gets 1-2.5 ft. tall.The bright yellow flower has four petals with smooth leaves.As usual it is holding down some part of the planet-cultivated fields,roadsides,and waste places(my fave).YR is foraged as a food stuff being eaten as a salad-picked when young is best-and is a good source of vit c.The plant is a native to N.A. and Eurasia and is found in most of the U.S. and Canada.Like many weeds yellow rocket had a function in it’s previous life.In Medieval times it was used as a poultice for wounds.
pic by td,research from psu.edu.
This post is a follow up to the 020916 post on Round Up… The World Health Organization has declared the herbicide-glyphosate(Round Up)-a probable carcinogen in humans.The FDA will begin testing corn,soybeans,and other foods for glyphosate.In other words it may cause cancer.Also in short, what percent ends up in our food supply?In tandem with genetically engineered seeds, the herbicide can be sprayed on the plant to kill the weeds. Monsanto claims this is safe.The Center for Biological Diversity is citing that the demise of the monarch butterfly is due to glyphosate.No shocker here-Monsanto keeps it lawyers busy.It filed a lawsuit to prevent California from adding glyphosate to it’s list of known carcinogens.Stay tuned.
“Each phase of nature,while not invisible,is yet too distinct and obtrusive.It is like a silent but sympathizing companion in whose company we retain most of the advantages of solitude, with whom we can walk and talk, or be silent,naturally,without the necessity of talking in astrain foreign to the place”-Thoreau,Nov 8,1858.
While not invisible,this winter winter annual-henbit(lamium amplexicaule)-is poking it’s head out to get started on next spring.the winter annuals germinate when the soil is cool,live through the winter then bloom in the spring(or even the winter),and then die off after blooming.Henbit-also called Dead Nettle-that likes moist soil and waste places-that is my kind of weed.Introduced from the Old World,henbit grows to be about 2 feet tall with a purple top with 4-angled leaves.It is part of the giant mint family.As in most cases the weed provides cover for birds/animals and helps prevent erosion.