Plantain – Plantago

Plantain: The Miracle Plant You Can Find in Your Yard

Plantain Common names: ribwort plantain, English plantain, buckhorn plantain, narrowleaf plantain, ribleaf and lamb’s tongue, dooryard plantain, common plantain, Englishman’s foot, White Man’s Foot It is just one of those damned weeds that you fight with every year – that is of course if you care about your lawn. Plantain, a perennial, is a very […]

Jerusalem artichoke – Helianthus Tuberosus

Jerusalem artichoke Common Names: sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambour, Canadian potato, sunflower root, wild sunflower Driving around in upstate New York in late summer you can spot Jerusalem artichoke growing just off the road. Take a walk near old farms and just off the path you can spot small plots of these native plants […]

Staghorn Sumac – Rhus Typhina

staghorn sumac

Staghorn Sumac Driving around during September in New York you will eventually come across a group of small trees growing in dense stands. The leaves will be a deep red and large conical red hairy fruits called drupes may be at the end of branches. This is the common Staghorn Sumac which is a deciduous […]

Blackberry Information

Blackberry fruit is sweet and tastes great but may be seedy

BLACKBERRY – Rubus procerus / ROSACEAE Rose family Other Common Names for Blackberry: R. procerus: Himalaya Blackberry, raspberry, blackcap Description: Blackberry can be a Shrub or bush-like perennial, can have trailing or climbing canes (most usual), thorned or smooth (usually domestic varieties). Blackberry leaves are simple and lobed to compound. Blackberry fruit is a berry […]

Blueberry Plant Identification Information

Blueberry Common Names: Northern highbush blueberry, southeastern highbush blueberry, Maryland highbush blueberry, black highbush blueberry, American blueberry, New Jersey blueberry, rabbiteye blueberry, swamp blueberry, tall huckleberry, mayberry, whortleberry Other than eating blueberry muffins and pancakes, I never thought much of the plant. My guess was that blueberries were farm plants and that was it. Then […]

Chokecherry – Prunus Virginiana

General: The common name, chokecherry, came from the bitter and astringent taste of the fruit. The fruit was a staple for numerous Native American tribes across the North American continent, especially those who lived on the plains and prairies. The Cheyenne used the limbs to make arrow shafts and bows. The Crows used it for […]

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