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Hops (Humulus lupulus) - a wolf in sheeps clothing

At one point in the not too distant past, the UK grew around 70% of the hops used in our brewing industries, mainly in Kent and a busy harvest time provided seasonal work for many. 701 more words

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Horseradish : a root with a healthy kick

Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) belongs to the Brassica/Crucifer family so its family members include radishes, rocket, mustards and cabbages, all of whom are known for varying degrees of heat on the taste buds. 689 more words

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Pasqueflowers re-bloom in August

Pasqueflower, Easter flower or Meadow Anemone (Pulsatilla vulgaris), is one of my favourite plants. Almost every stage of its flowering is interesting:  The large flower heads emerge in spring (close to Easter) along with the foliage, all of which is covered in fine silky hairs, and look striking especially when backlit by low spring sunshine. 320 more words

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Stinging Nettle

     

Stinging nettle is a plant that you may or may not have had the pleasure to come across. It likes moist and nutrient rich soils so when you walk along a river or a stream you may have been unfortunate enough to rub up against one. 792 more words

Herbalism

Wild Violets

     

Violets are neat little flowers that are sometimes considered a weed. Violets are also called Pansies. There are over 500 different species of violet and pansies in the genus Viola.  712 more words

Herbalism

Butterfly Weed

by Hannah Spencer, PPG Summer Intern, 2016

Many plants are blooming this time of year in the Piedmont Physic Garden and all over Union.  But one plant in particular stands out this time of year for its mass of tiny, vibrant, unusually shaped orange blooms: the butterfly weed.  475 more words

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Dandelions

     

Do you recognize this….this…..weed? Some of you may cringe at the sight of this plant popping up in your perfect, or not so perfectly, mowed lawn. 651 more words

Herbalism