Category Archives: Plant profiles

Weed profile – Common groundsel, Senecio vulgaris

I first noticed this weed at the beginning of secondspring last year when I was out photographing plants to use in weed profile posts. At first I was pleased – it looked a lot like one of the edible chrysanthemums. … Continue reading

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Plant profile – Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare

Fennel is one of those weeds that turns up all over the place around this city. It’s also a useful herb. As both weed and herb it has a potential role in my low-water zones. It’s in the Apiaceae (formerly … Continue reading

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Plant profile: Alexanders, Smyrnium olusatrum

Alexanders, Smyrnium olusatrum, is an old plant. There are records of it being written about, cooked with, used as fodder in Ancient Roman times and before. It’s named for Alexander the Great, or perhaps Alexandria the city that AtG named … Continue reading

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Weed control these last months – oxalis

I’ve spent a fair bit of time the last four to six months on major weed control. I’m a big believer in weedscaping, and letting weeds do my work for me as much as possible. They condition my soil, protect … Continue reading

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Notes on brome grass (greater brome, ripgut brome, Bromus diandrus)

This is a post to record some notes from my current reading, on the assumption that I’ll forget what I’ve read if I don’t write it down. Ripgut brome – common name for two species, diandrus and rigidus. Better common … Continue reading

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Hypothetical / Crop profile: Kara (Burchardia)

Kara is one of the crops I’m considering trying to start up, either at home garden level or at commercial level (the former will be a necessary trial step for the latter). It’s part of my vested interest in climate-suitable … Continue reading

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Plant profile – Eschscholzia californica, the California Poppy

This is the state flower of California. It grows in gorgeous meadows there, lighting up hills golden-orange when in season. It’s native to an area around California, Arizona, Mexico, the Sonoran Desert – that sort of thing. It’s one of … Continue reading

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