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Plantidote of the Day 2013-02-01

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acacia

Acacia baileyana

Bailey acacia or mimosa

Here's a good image to enlarge (click on it -- it's like magic!), because the flowers and leaves are so delicate they're a bit hard to see when it's small. There are dozens of different kinds of acacia, but this is one of the toughest and most common. Those yellow flowers have a very pleasant fragrance, and the tree itself thrives on neglect. Another nice thing: Here in Zone 10, acacias bloom in January and February, which is like a gift in the middle of winter, even if "winter" only means 50 degree weather ;-)

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Fortunately, I found an herbal remedy that works really well and doesn't make me stupid. Although that last part may be open to discussion.