Plantidote of the Day 2012-05-25
Thanks to Corrente's Valley Girl, we have a near-mystery plant. To really see what it looks like, though, you need to click on the image to get the larger one with more detail. Anyway, up until just hours ago, this was going to be a mystery plant. VG shot it in Maine, during one of her summer sojourns. But some flickr friends spotted it and id'd it right down to the variety -- possibly. It's hard to be definitive with a family this huge and just one image. But for now, I'll take their word for it.
Mullein is an herb that has been used as a cough remedy, among other things. It was also used to repel evil spirits -- the perfect plant for an election year! There's a comprehensive piece on mullein here. It looks easy to grow, as long as you're in zones 3 or 4 through 9. Thanks very much, VG -- another hat tip for your vast collection!
Readers, please send twig (firstname.lastname@example.org) images and stories for the ongoing Plantidote of the Day series. In exchange, you'll win undying fame in the form of a hat tip! Plants growing in your garden, your house, or neighbor's yard, plants from the forest or farmers' market, plants you preserved, plants you prepared (wine; cider; tea; dried beans), plants you harvested (grains; chantrelles), plants you picked (flowers), plants you dried (herbs), plants you covet or hope to grow someday. Herbal remedies, propagation tips, new varieties, etc.. And if you can, include some solid detail about the plant, too -- a story, the genus and species, or where you got the seeds, or the recipe, or your grandmother gave it to you. Or challenge us with a "Name That Plant" mystery entry ... And please feel free to add corrections and additional information in the comments.
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