May 23, 2017

Some Enchanted Nightshade

Circaea alpina is a native woodland plant that is found in the damp forest understory throughout temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Known as Small Enchanter's-Nightshade, this member of the … [Read more...]

The Real Deal

True catnip - the kind that makes the cat go crazy - is Nepeta cataria, a member of the mint family. A native of Europe and Asia, the perennial herb has naturalized around the globe and here in Maine … [Read more...]

Thinking Cap

Scutellaria galericulata is a hardy native perennial herb and a member of the mint family. It is known as common skullcap or marsh skullcap or hooded skullcap. And it is quite common: The plant has a … [Read more...]

Do the Hop

Trifolium campestre is a non-native species from Eurasia considered an important clover in agriculture here in the United States, with foliage good for livestock and its ability as a legume to fix … [Read more...]

Mountain High

Impatiens glandulifera calls India and the Himalayas home, but it has found its way into many countries around the globe, naturalizing in much of the Northern Hemisphere, including Maine. Known as … [Read more...]

Lucky Charm

Sporting the fuzziest of appearances is the aptly named rabbit-foot clover, a species not native to Maine, although it is well-established across much of the United States and Canada. Trifolium … [Read more...]

Tenacious Tendrils

Little bursts of purple blossoms tenaciously cling to other plants in field and meadows this time of year. They are Vicia cracca, better known as cow vetch. This climbing vine is not a native of the … [Read more...]

Thorny Crown

Securigera varia produces masses of blossoms every summer, often seen by roadsides since it was first introduced in the United States in the 1950s as a natural form of erosion control. Crown vetch is … [Read more...]

Woadwaxen

With a common name Elmer Fudd might find easy to say, Genista tinctoria is a shrub native to Europe and Turkey. Known for its bright green stems - which are the source of another common name, dyer's … [Read more...]

Don’t Eat the Tree

Goldenchain tree may be a member of the pea family, but the excessive number of pea-like seeds produced in the many pendulous racemes that make the tree famous are poisonous. Laburnum x watereri is … [Read more...]