One smart weed…

Pennsylvania samrtweed-Polygonum pensylvanicum- is a member of the buckwheat family that likes wet areas like roadsides and ditches not to mention tim’s weedpatch 1.0. There are 200 species world wide with all 50 sites covered some where. Related to the smartweed is the knotweed where the flower is in axil cluster-point on main stem where the bud starts- and the smartweed has a spike flower.The weed flowers June -November, but I am just seeing mine. As mentioned  many times here, weeds have or have had a purpose other than being out of place, The weeds produces a seed that wildlife enjoys. Now the smart part-the plant produces a juice if  contacted on the skin produces ‘smarting”.

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pic by td-thanks to:”Weeds”-a Golden Book- and http://www.bio.brandeis.edu for help. Thanks for reading about weeds.

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One pretty tough weed…

Field bindweed-Convoivuius arvensis-is from the morning glory family that grows .5m-2m in length and flowering late spring til fall with mostly white flowers and can be pink as well. They stand out in a weed patch! Now the tough part. This weed is a survivor-like most of them-using deep rhizomes-going 6.1 m(20′) to find water and food. it is pollinated by bees and can be self-fertile(hermaphroditic) having both sets of sex organs. Each plant can produce over 500 seeds. It is reported these seeds can last 50 years! When scientists perform experiments they must wash them in sulfuric acid.Wow! As the norm, field bindweed was used and known to the ancients and our Navajo’s. The Navajo’s used it for colds. Not to be out done with other weeds for other names-it is also known as devil guts,creeping jenny,hedge bells,corn lilly,and laplove. To top it all off-one of the top 10 weeds in the world-pretty tough.

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pic by td-thanks to wildflowers-and-weeds.com for help-thanks for reading about weeds!

Joe what weed?…

Joe-Pye weed-Eupatorium purpureum-dots the landscape in the Eastern and Northern parts of the U.S. this time of year, staying til frost. It likes low moist areas,wooded slopes, wet meadows growing up to 2.1 m(7′) and spreading out from .6m to 1.2m(2-4′).It’s flowers are  shaggy,mauve pink color and grows in colonies. The story is that it got it’s name from an Native American who used it to cure typhus in the 1800’s. Modern uses include making tea from it’s flowers. Also this plant can be used as an ornamental in the garden to add color to this time of year.

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pic by td-thanks to missouribotanicalgarden.org and ediblewildfood.com-thanks for reading!