Lateflowering thoroughwort

Clusters (corymbs) of white flowers now adorn laterflowering thoroughwort (Eupatorium serotinum). This member of the aster (Asteraceae) family lacks petals but still is quite showy and attractive to butterflies and other pollinators. This plant of moist places grows thickly in…

Darling Daisies for Dry Places

Narrowleaf silkgrass (Pityopsis graminifolia) is wonderful late summer and fall wildflower of dry places with bright yellow daisy-like flowers. Its dime- or nickel-sized flowers grow at the very ends of its flower stalks and are visited by a plethora of…

Itch Remedy ?

    A hiker in an Oregon forest wrote to the People's Pharmacy about the use of the juice of crushed bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum) to ease the itch of ant and mosquito bites. The People's Pharmacy referenced the use…