Pipsissewa

A tiny flower with a strange name, Pipsissewa is an herb that has been used in folk medicine to treat a number of conditions ranging from infections, to anxiety, and even cancer. It can be used externally to treat sores and blisters, and its extracts are used as flavoring in foods and beverages. Pipsissewa grows…

What I found on my walk down the road: Jewelweed, nature’s anti-itch medicine

Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), also is known as orange jewelweed, common jewelweed, spotted jewelweed, spotted touch-me-not, or orange balsam. It is an annual plant native to North America and has been used by Native Americans and herbalists (and my family) to treat all manner of skin rashes and even insect bites. The leaves and the juice from the stem can be used to treat poison…

It’s New To Me: American Beautyberry

I spied it in a wooded area on Anastasia Island in Florida, and was immediately struck by the bright purple berries. I’d never seen this plant before.  According to the Florida Native Plant Society, it is Callicarpa Americana, commonly known as American Beautyberry and also as Dwarf Mulberry, Beautybush, Filigree, and French Mulberry.   Apparently, Beautyberry is found over…

In Our Woodland Garden: Wild Ginger

“Aromatic plants bestow no spicy fragrance while they grow; but rush’d or trodden to the ground, diffuse their balmy sweets around.” (Oliver Goldsmith) Native to North America, the Southern Heartleaf Wild Ginger is found in shady woodland areas and for centuries was used for medicinal and culinary purposes, first by Native Americans and then by European…

Now Blooming In My Corner of North Georgia: Black-Eyed Susan

All in the Downs the fleet was moor’d,  The streamers waving in the wind,  When black-eyed Susan came aboard;  ‘O! where shall I my true-love find?  Tell me, ye jovial sailors, tell me true  If my sweet William sails among the crew.’ “Black-eyed Susan” by John Gay  Black-eyed Susan, or Rudbeckia, also is known as Brown-Eyed…