Friday, November 4, 2011

Wild Things~

*edited to say: Adding this to the Barn Hop


This is the Elephant Garlic that grows wild in our field.  It’s always grown here as long as we’ve lived here.  These were taken in October (2011) after a very dry and harsh summer. garden pictures and wild things in the yard 014
Honestly, I’ve never EVER taken notice as to when it starts emerging from the ground. This patch grows on the north side of the property, along our neighboring fence line…directly to the NORTH of us. garden pictures and wild things in the yard 012 This patch of Elephant Garlic grows directly behind the barn; also on the the North side. garden pictures and wild things in the yard 008  This is what I believe to be plantain.  I’ve found it growing in a few spots in our field. I’m wondering if this in fact what  I believe it to be…anyone know for sure?  The only reason I’m not so sure now is because of the photo below.garden pictures and wild things in the yard 011  I’ve also got this growing on our property, not far from the other bunch.  But upon closer inspection… the leaves are shaped differently. One has a red veining the goes predominately through the leaves and one has a little bit of fuzzy feel on the leaves. 
Am checking out the medicinal properties of the plantain.
Any ideas or experience with plantain?

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6 comments:

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

The first pic looks like plaintain.

Here's a good pic at wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantago


I use it as a poultice for bee stings - takes out the sting as well as the swelling. You do have to chew a piece of leaf thought to make a green goo and then you slather it on the bee sting. Yes it sounds nasty but it works very very well.

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

oh and you second photo looks like Mullein to me but not 100% sure as it's hard to tell with just a picture.

Shanon Hilton said...

I don't think that it is plantain. When it goes into flower, it will send up tall stalks from the middle. :) It does make a great poultice for cuts, stings and burns! --Shanon

starlighthill said...

Elephant garlic is the best; so mild and perfect sliced up raw in a salad.

Heidi said...

To me it doesn't look like plantain, but much more like Rumex obtusifolia (both of them, I've seen different leave forms). I don't know the English name, but in Dutch it is 'spekwortel' which means fat root. This says exactly what is the problem with the plant: it has fat roots which are difficult to get out. It has some medicinal properties, but they say it can be harmfull for your cattle. I say: so it looks to me, but I'm not sure at all, because I'm not familiar with the American flora.

Becky said...

I have plantago minor in my yard and my father has plantago major. Neither of those pictures really look like plantain to me. It sort of resembles the plantago major, but the ribs don't run quite right. In plantain, the ribs run from the bottom to the tip of the leaf. They don't run out to the sides of the leaf. Both plants grow in a rosette form, eventually forming a tall flower stalk that ends in a cone shaped flower. I hope this helps.