Fuzzy Drupes and Dr. Seuss: Staghorn Sumac

Fuzzy Drupes and Dr. Seuss: Staghorn Sumac

Doctor Seuss was definitely consulted when this plant was created.

From the fluffy, alien looking fruits, to the scraggly antler-like fuzzy branches, this plant is straight out of the Lorax.
 
Its also one of our more charismatic New England plants, and makes one of my favorite teas for hot weather.

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Goodness Graminoids!

Goodness Graminoids!

The other graminoids, while not true grasses, are truly beautiful, and full of fascinating flowers and uses.

Of course, 'graminoids' would also be the perfect name for the main characters of a plant based alien movie "The Attack of the Graminoids"-someone should get on that.)

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Spicebush: Tiny Flowers, Awesome Medicine

Spicebush: Tiny Flowers, Awesome Medicine

Like so many fragrant herbs, spicebush is a carminative. Carminative comes from the Latin carminare, meaning ‘makes you fart’. Okay, so not really. But it’s actual translation comes to something along the lines of ‘remove impurities’, so in essentials it comes to the same thing.

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Skunk Cabbage: A Whiff of Spring

Skunk Cabbage: A Whiff of Spring

Alien space pod. Harbinger of spring. Stinky. Miraculous.

All across the Eastern US, people are feeling the stirrings of spring.  Sun on our faces. Birds singing merrily. And the pungent skunk cabbage, giving us a sense of hope for the new season, and eliciting the common, “Is that a skunk?” argument.

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