Field Pennycress – Thlaspi arvense – Weekly Weeder #47

Field Pennycress - range and identification, wildlife uses, uses for food and medicine, potential as the next big biofuel crop.

Today’s featured plant is Field Pennycress, Thlaspi arvense.

Field Pennycress is also known as Pennycress, Field Pennygrass, Field penny-cress, Frenchweed, fanweed and stinkweed.  (source)

It’s in the mustard family (Brassicaeae), so it is related to common garden crops such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and kale, as well as other wild mustard family plants such as Shepherd’s Purse –Capsella bursa-pastoris – Weekly Weeder #15 and Winter Cress- Barbarea vulgaris – Weekly Weeder #20.
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Canada Mayflower – Maianthemum canadense – Weekly Weeder #46

Canada Mayflower - Maianthemum canadense - Weekly Weeder #46 - Range and Identification, Uses as Wildlife Habitat, and for Food and Medicine. #wildcrafting

Today’s featured plant is Canada Mayflower, Maianthemum canadense.

Canada Mayflower is also known as False Lily of the Valley, Canadian May-lily, Canadian Lily-of-the-valley, Wild Lily-of-the-valley, Two-leaved Solomonseal, Bead Ruby, Canada Beadruby, Squirrel Berry (Finland), and Muguet. (source and source)

There are several related species, including Maianthemum racemosum, feathery false lily of the valley; Maianthemum dilatatum, false lily of the valley; and Maianthemum stellatum, starry false lily of the valley. [Read more…]

Marsh Marigold, Caltha palustris – Weekly Weeder #45

After a long winter, the Weekly Weeder series has finally thawed out. I’ve caught up with enough of my gardening to make time to snap photos of some more of the wild plants around my area (northeast Wisconsin), and would like to share them with you!

Marsh Marigold, Caltha palustris - Weekly Weeder #45 - range and identification, role as a wildlife habitat, uses for food and medicine.

Today’s featured plant is Marsh Marigold, Caltha palustris.

Marsh marigold is also known as yellow marsh marigold and cowslip.  It is a member of the Family Ranunculaceae or Buttercup Family. It should not be confused with Primula veris, which is also commonly known as cowslip, which is a member of the primrose family, Primulaceae. [Read more…]

New England Aster – Weekly Weeder #12


Today’s featured plant is New England Aster, Aster novae-angliae or Symphyotrichum novae-angliae.

New England Aster is also known as starwort, blue chamomile, blue daisy, New England aster, fall-rose and frostweed.

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Evening Primrose, Oenothera biennis – Weekly Weeder #11

evening primrose

Today’s featured plant is Evening Primrose, Oenothera biennis.

Evening Primrose is also known as common evening primrose, hoary evening primrose, common primrose, German rampion, King’s Cure All, Fever Plant, Field Primrose, Night Willow-herb, hog weed, Primrose, Scabish, Scurvish, Sun Drop, and Tree Primrose. [Read more…]