Buncha Pansys!

Discussion in 'The Green Patch' started by runswithdogs, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    Took the dogs to the beach the other day and was noticing how many flowers there are out there.. so though it would be nice to share the local wild flowers and any pertinent info available...
    Feel free to post your own wild flower pictures from your neck of the woods and what they are, where they are(general, no log/lat needed:p) and any useful info if known.

    These are easy, wild violas or Johnny- jump-ups, flowers are edible :) make for a pretty salad. Scotland, north east coast

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  2. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    This is hogweed, nasty stuff, at certain times of the year the “sap” can cause nasty chemical burns and blisters. It’s all over the place here and I usually get a couple dogs in every year with the results rash/blisters on there belly that the vets just prescribe cream for (you have to wash the area as soon as possible, cream won’t do squat if you don’t get the chemical off the skin first)
    some of you may have it’s even nastier older brother “giant hogweed” in your area (apparently some dumba$$ thought it would be a great idea to import to the US/Canada as an ornamental plant....) this ones here in Scotland though.

    If SHTF you could probably use the sap on blow dart tips and the like for nasty results....
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2018
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  3. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Digitalis (Foxglove) pretty near native to this area. Comes in several colors, this is the most common.
  4. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    Gorse bush, funny thing is that I’ve so far found at least 4 other plants with almost identical looking flowers. The gorse is the only one with nasty spikes all over it though...like a pretty yellow porkypine of death. Pretty sure it could be weaponised.....
    However the flowers are edible raw and can be made into a tea or used to make a cordial or syrups. The buds can be pickled and used like capers.
    It’s not considered to be a medicinal plant but its flowers have been used in the treatment of jaundice, scarlet fever, diarrhoea and kidney stones.
    And it’s All over Scotland...
  5. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Cow Parsnip - Up to 6' tall it

    *1. Indigenous tribes have used cow parsnip as a poultice on bruises, sores. All parts of the plant are antirheumatic, antispasmodic, carminative, febrifuge, odontalgic and stimulant. The leaves can be used as a tonic in the treatment of colds and sore throat.

    1. partly extracted from medicinal herbs: COW PARSNIP - Heracleum sphondylium montanum

  6. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    See that looks so much like what we call hogweed here but I know from experience you don’t wannna be rubbing it on anything. :eek:
  7. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    It does say in the descriptive..."If the juice and hairs of the outer skin are left on the face and mouth, they can cause blisters."
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  8. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

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    Native thistle, or so I think.
  9. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    Arctium lappa: Burdock, or cocklebur. Nightmare stuff to get in horses tails, long haired dog fur, or your own hair. Burdock root is a strong medicine of herbalists.
  10. ochit

    ochit Monkey+

    I have grown for a number of years Cow horn agave cactus I had to find this picture there are numerous types as these this is close just darker green. very wicked tip will penetrate a leather glove with ease.

    I also grow Chinese Ginger and Horse radish and multiplying onions and a small garden.

    [​IMG]Cactus species

    I also grow a couple of types or aloe Vera like this


    Horse radish

  11. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Some may see this a rabbit bait but I see a medicinal plant-

  12. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    Don’t wanna mess with this one. Far as I can surmise this ones
    Hemlock... fatally poisonous... so..yeah, don’t lick it...
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  13. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    Then we have Common comfrey... lots of traditional medicinal uses .

  14. RE: #12, runswithdogs. If it has a tap root, it is probably wild parsnip, if it has divided roots it is probably hemlock. If you can't be sure leave it.
  15. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    Yeah, I was looking at that to (I have an app on my phone for id-ing flowers) but I thought the leaves didn't quite match for the parsley so opted for the “if in doubt, assume it’s the nastier option”
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  16. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    175C8697-EC66-44AB-A333-E0C3AF6C83EF. Wild orchid, not sure which one (there’s quite a few in Scotland) this ones about 3” tall so quite small, may possibly be a northern marsh orchid
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  17. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    Disclaimer...Iding flowers is not one of my many skills so I may not get these all right. don’t worry. I only eat. Ones I know for sure are safe.

    Rapeseed(not sure that counts as a wild flower but since it’s gotten loose and spreads everywhere I’ll include it)
    Dunno, some type of pea or vetch maybe? Pretty wee flowers...



    I think this might be wild thyme but since I can’t tell what’s the leaves from everything else....


    (Field?) Forget-me-nots (there’s several types that grow around here but they all look pretty similar)
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  18. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Looking forward to you taking another walk and ID'ing some more flowers/edibles. What wild berries do you have there? What about fruit trees? I think where you are has a lot of moisture so they should grow really well.

    PS- love forget-me-nots. They are so delicate.
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  19. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    I’ve actually got quite a few pictures already just from a few walk.. just need time to try & I’d some to post.
    We get brambles(Scottish blackberrys, smaller and not as sweet as us types) Rowen trees produce berry’s that can be used for jams I think, blaeberry (wild blueberry type )wild cherries, sloes, juniper berries, , elderberry.
    Not really a lot of wild berry’s here now that I think about it.

    Despite the flowers being spitting image to the gorse... this is Scots broom.
    Buds can be pickled. Like capers & Flowers can be used in salads although may be mildly toxic(don’t ask me...that’s what the info says)
    Also says. Quite a few medicinal uses, bitter narcotic, regulates heartbeat, , flowering tips are cardiotonic, cathartic, diuretic, emetic, vasoconstrictor etc etc......
    Can also be used for making baskets, brooms(that’s was kinda obvious....) dye etc...
    Think you know what this is? actually it’s not..
    It’s called cats ear (or false dandelion) seemingly leaves are edible and roots can be used to make a type of “coffee like drink” but depends on where you read.....
    Astringent, antibiotic, haemostatic & hypoglycaemic .. lots of medicinal uses!

    Leaves and plant are antirheumatic, plus a bunch of other uses.

    Clover. Obviously....
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  20. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Was it hard to learn to ID flowers in a different country? The cats ear is a good example, we know what a dandelion is in North America but it is a similar/ different plant on another continent. I think berries would be the hardest because you have edible berries that I have never heard of.
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