Sunflower Facts & Identification

Sunflowers are annuals with showy, daisylike flowerheads that are usually 2-4 inches across and bright yellow

Sunflower Sunflower – Helianthus annuus Common names: common sunflower, Kansas sunflower Years ago when I would go hiking and find a few sunflowers growing in a field I assumed they were “escapees” from someone’s garden or seeds dropped by a bird. How wrong I was. They are native plants of the Americas. As its name […]

Strawberry Plant Facts and Identification

Strawberries are in full fruit production in their second year.

Strawberry Strawberry – Fragaria Virginiana Common Names: Woodland strawberry; California strawberry, Virginia Strawberry General The first time I came across strawberries in the wild, and knew it, I was 18 years old hiking with a friend in the coastal mountains of Oregon. He was the one that identified them. It was one of those times […]

Dandelion Information & Description

Each bloom is made up of numerous strapshaped florets of a bright golden yellow.

Dandelion Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale / COMPOSITAE Sunflower family Other Common Names: Common Dandelion, Blowball, weed General: There are a multitude of species of dandelion growing in the temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. Dandelions are a perennial or biennial herb but many consider them an invasive weed. Many consider dandelions to be […]

Chicory Plant Information & Identification

Chicory is grown and harvested for its root and tender shoots.

CHICORY Chicory – Cichorium intybus / COMPOSITAE Sunflower family Other Common Names: Blue Sailors, Wild Succory, Common Chicory Root, Succory, Wild Chicory, Wild Endive, Chickory General: Chicory is native to Northern Africa, Western Asia and Europe. Sometime in the near past, European settlers brought chicory to North America. After that, like European starlings, the rest […]

Cattail Information and Identification

All parts of the cattail plant are edible. American Indians prepared the different parts in many ways.

Cattail Cattail latin name – T. latifolia/TYPHACEAE Other Common Names: Broad-leaved Cattail General: The Cattail is a wetland plant with a unique flowering spike and flat blade like leaves that can reach heights from 3 to 10 feet. They are some of the most common marsh/wetland plants. They are unmistakable in appearance, the flower head is unique […]

Bracken Fern Information

bracken fern are found on all continents except Antarctica and in all environments except deserts

BRACKEN FERN Bracken Fern: Pteridium aquilinum / POLYPODIACEAE Fern family Other Common Names: Western Brake-fern, Eagle Fern, Pasture-brake, Fiddlehead (in early stage). Description: Bracken fern have large, coarse, triangular shaped, light green fronds (Ieaflike organ of a fern) are 3-forked and up to 1 meter in length; mature plant stalk is straw-colored and polished; spreads […]