Versatile yarrow: medicine, food, and garden treasure

Achillea millefolium Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) Common Name: yarrow, milfoil Family: Asteraceae (Aster, formerly Compositae) Native to Florida Perennial Grow this plant for culinary and medicinal use! It has abundant skills from a vulnerary (stops bleeding) to a relaxing tea to added zing for salads. It’s easy to grow, native to Florida, and pretty as well. […]

Soapberry provides shade and cleaning solutions

Soapberry (Sapindus saponaria) Sapindaceae Family (Soapberry Family) Synonym: S. marginatus This small, monecious (male and female flowers on same plant) genus is found in the North and South Americas and in the East, primarily in the Himalayas. While the “berry,” the outer covering of the seed, has been long used for its saponins, Moerman reports […]

A Botanist Tackles Spurge Nettle for Lunch

The latest issue of Palmetto, the quarterly journal of the Florida Native Plant Society, has an amusing and informative article by Francis Putz, Ph.D., about Cnidoscolus stimulosus, a much-despised plant for Floridians hiking about in sandals. Every part of this plant has protective needles save the well-hidden root, which can be as deep as three […]

Florida Springs in Peril

A recent visit to the Silver Glen Springs in the Ocala National Forest, left me wondering once again at the obliviousness of human beings when it comes to our environment—the environment that keeps us alive. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the land on which we build our homes and cities, and the […]