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…

The Birds & the Bees

Bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles, and other insects are all important pollinators. We are in the midst of pollinator week -- June 16 through June 22, 2014, so bee nice to our pollinators ... Minimize (or void) the use of…