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The Green Report

May 8, 2012


Green Report - Wildflowers of the Fields - by Susun Weed

 
Ground ivy AKA Creeping Jenny (Glechoma hederacea) is still blooming, in places carpeting the ground with flowers. We adore the flowering tops in our salads.
Narrow leaf plantain (Plantago lanceolata) holds its flowers atop long stiff stems. The whole affair reminds me of a flying saucer. Anytime is a fine time to harvest leaves for salads (chop finely) or infused oil.
Tiny speedwell flowers. Common speedwell (Veronica officinalis) was once a favored remedy for those with respiratory problems. It is edible, but too bitter and too tiny to be worth foraging for salad.
Corn speedwell (Veronica arvensis) is even smaller than her official sister.
Celandine poppy (Cheladonium majus) is showing off her stunning, abundant yellow flowers. Not to be confused with mustard family plants, though they do have four petals. The yellow sap of this poisonous plant can be used against skin cancer.
Yellow rocket or Barbara's cress (Barbarea vulgaris), our winter friend, now brings the sunlight to earth as she spreads her yellow cheer. The leaves are now too bitter for my taste, but I do like the flowers and flower buds in my salads.
Yellow rocket flowers - Note the four-petaled mustard family flowers. Both the "H" and the "X" pattern of the four petals are visible in this close-up photo.
Garlic mustard (Alliaria officinalis) is another mustard-family plant now in bloom. I am still including it in my salads by harvesting the larger lower leaves (without petioles) and the entire tender top (buds and flowers). Sharp and a bit bitter but ever so good!
Those little cresses we have been snacking on for months are another mustard family plant that is flowering and setting seeds. The end of the line for them, but new plants will grow from those seeds, and continue the cycle. Notice how long the seed pods are.
Shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) is also in the mustard family. The seed pods look like little purses. The plant in this photo is just right for making a tincture used to stop uterine hemorrhage, whether from fibroids, menopause, or during the post-partum period. This little plant has saved many lives and has saved many a uterus from the surgeon's knife. The leaves are delicious in salads.
Wild strawberries (Fragaria viginiana) are part of the rose family. Don't tread on the flowers!
Apples (Malus persica) are also in the rose family and also produce a sweet treat. Note the classic five petals with multiple central stamens. I pick up some of the fallen petals and toss them into my salads for vitamin C, for beauty, for love, for Venus.
The shoots of Hypericum perforatum (St. Joan's wort) are over eight inches tall, although blooms, and medicine making, are still months away.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is such a generous plant. I use the flowers in salads, as fritters, for wine, as a honey, infused in vinegar and in oil, and as a tincture. The leaves and roots are best left alone while the plant is flowering. (See You Tubes and Healing Wise for lots more dandelion info and recipes.)




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