Plantidote of the Day 2012-10-23
A bit of a departure from Plantidote's usual beauty shot. I think the plant above is a weed, but, if the past is any indication, I could be wrong ;-) Whatever it is, I love the tiny flowers which look more like small brushes (about 1/2" diameter) than traditional blossoms (click on the image to enlarge it for a better view). And that image is not of a spent flower, like a dandelion when it turns poofy. As you can see from the bud just to the right of the flower, these little blooms don't start as flowers and turn bristly -- that's just how they are. Overall, it's quite a nice little plant, about 8" high with arching leaves and dainty, if odd, flowers. Maybe someone will recognize this plant and set the record straight. We'll be waiting ....
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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