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salisfy starting to flower

Salsify, Vegetable Oyster, Goatsbeard

The salsifies are spring weeds.Three species are found all over North America, introduced from Europe. Salsify, also called vegetable oyster and oyster plant, Tragopogon porrifolius, is a purple-flowered plant with a flower shaped like a dandelion, narrow leaves, and a seed head like a large ...

Common and Lanceleaf Plantain, Plantago

Plantains, especially common plantain, Plantago major, and lanceleaf plantain, Plantago lancelolata, are very common plants, so common they usually go unnoticed.  They’re small plants (up to 20” tall, often much less) with flat leaves and distinctive veins running the length of the ...

skunkbush

The Three-Lobed Sumacs

Skunkbush (Rhus trilobata) and fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica) (in the sumac family, Anacardiaceae) are widespread sumacs. If you think smooth sumac (Rhus glabra) when you think of sumac, you may not recognize them. Instead of a large compound leaf with long leaflets on each side, skunkbush ...

sumac

Smooth Sumac and Staghorn Sumac

Sumac. It is a weedy shrub that fills in neglected pastures and spreads into your yard. But if you haven’t done so, stop and taste the red fruits. There are twelve species of sumac native to the United States, 130 worldwide. All the actual sumacs, genus Rhus, have red fruits and are safe ...

lambsquarters

Lambsquarters: The Wild Spinach

Lambsquarters is a vegetable most people weed out of their yards. The foraging community calls it wild spinach. Lambsquarters: A Wild Spinach with Many Names Lambsquarters, Chenopodium album, in the amarathus family (Amaranthaceae), was a pot herb (vegetable you add to the stew) across ...

Lovely Lungwort

One of the most visually interesting plants in my garden is lungwort, Pulmonaria officinalis, in the borage family, Boraginaceae; the flowers are both red and blue and the dark green leaves have white spots, making it an easy plant to recognize. It is low-growing and has spread as a pretty ...

winter squashes

Squashes and Pumpkins – Diverse and American

It is winter across North America and gardens are frozen. Yet we eat vegetables, not all of them imported from warmer regions. Squashes are traditional winter vegetables, with dozens of distinctive varieties. The word squash is from the Narragansett tribe of Rhode Island. European settlers ...

lettuce

Lettuce, Lactuca sativa

Lettuce is one of the most common and recognizable vegetables. And, surprisingly, one we under-use.  Lettuce is Lactuca sativa, an annual plant in the daisy family (Asteraceae). Since we eat the leaves before it flowers, we rarely notice the small yellow flowers or the seed heads with ...

Maple

This is the time of year that people with maple trees (genus Acer, maple family Aceraceae) are the envy of their neighbors. Maples, especially American and Japanese maples, turn bright red in the fall. The Many Maple Offerings But, maples have more to offer than that. If the maples are sugar ...

Rhubarb Rheum: Part 2

As noted in part 1, we eat only the leaf stems of rhubarb, not leaves, flowers, fruit or roots. Disclaimer: Rhubarb leaves are quite poisonous. They contain dangerous concentrations of oxalic acid compounds. In low concentrations, oxalic acid tastes good to people, but the concentration of ...

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