Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Blooming Today

Wild California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum).  Many Native Americans used to use various parts of the plant to treat headaches, diarrhea, wounds and sore throats. Some still do...
Firecracker Penstemon (Penstemon eatonii) also grows wild in all southwestern desert "sky islands."  Hummingbirds love it, and it's also grown commercially.  It needs really good drainage and not too much water in the summer.

1 comment:

  1. I turn to wild plants and herbs for my medicine. Nature's apothecary.
    I learned that Native Americans used slippery elm for toothache - and it has worked like a charm for me too.

    Love the light in your second photo of the Firecracker Penstemons.


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