Pennyroyal Tea

The name brings to mind a Nirvana song titled Pennyroyal Tea. Pic source “Sit and drink pennyroyal tea Distill the life that’s inside of me Sit and drink pennyroyal tea I’m anemic royalty”. What I didn’t know back then was that it was probably a reference to Courtney’s baby, Francis Bean and a reflection of... Continue Reading →

Wormwood aka Absinthe

Artemisia absinthium Wormwood Green Fairy Green Madness Artemisia Absinthos Belonging to the Daisy family and apx 40 million years old. This “weed” was known to kill anything (plant) that tried to invade its space and is a wild spreader and known for its bitter taste before it became the popular spirit known to cause hallucinations... Continue Reading →

Garlic

Garlic Allium sativum   In folklore, garlic, as well as leeks and onions were used to protect against evil and was worn during the Black Plague outbreak in the Middle Ages. While it never proved to work against black death, it could be said that the strong smell of garlic and/or onions was enough to... Continue Reading →

Ice Plants

Carpobrotus edulis   Pic source  These are fascinating plants that come in some of the brightest most vibrant colors I have ever seen with my own eyes.  They are so bright that they glisten, hence the name Ice Plant and can be quite blinding on a clear day.   Okay, technically they are given that... Continue Reading →

Moss, Ferns and Lichens

Ferns Pteridophyta Ferns are about the oldest plant species still alive on Earth and have been around for at least 360 MILLION years which means they have adapted and evolved to survive just about any condition. In the beginning ferns were more like algae but the first to develop an actual plant like system to... Continue Reading →

Ginko

Maidenhair Tree Grandfather Tree Grandchild Tree I-cho ( in Japanese meaning trees like duck’s feet) Pic source The Ginko is classified as a Gymnosperm and is speculated to have evolved from seed fern of the Peltaspermales.  It is also a Conifer and Deciduous except that it doesn’t produce “cones” but rather the fruit grows in bundles... Continue Reading →

California Lilac – Ceanothus

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus aka California lilacs are a species native to California and are drought tolerant. Native Americans of California used the branches to weave baskets and used the dried leaves as a substitute for black tea. They are very hardy shrubs which need ample water in the first year to get good root growth. After... Continue Reading →

California Wild Flowers

It’s wild flower season up here and about the only time of the year where I live in the Central Valley where everything is green and beautiful with blankets of white, purple and orange wild flowers growing in the rolling hills that California is know for. Blue Dicks, Wild Hyacinth Although unlike the Hyacinth that... Continue Reading →

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