I discovered Flower Friday while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and decided to start sharing some flower pictures from our gardens along with some information about them. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!
Last time I shared Rhododendron. Here are other 2019 shares:
- Jerusalem Artichoke
- Tiger Lily
- The Zinnia and the Swallowtail
- Wax Begonia
- Mountain Mint
- Spring Blooms
Petunia hanging baskets…
Going strong even in the brutal July heat!
These are everywhere right now…
It’s funny because I have this area behind my house that I haven’t gotten to this year yet. It’s just brimming with weeds, and intermixed are these really neat daisy-like flowers.
They’re called daisy fleabane: Erigeron Strigosus. These are indeed a wildflower, but some consider them weeds. They’re very beneficial for small insects like flies and bees.
It’s always wonderful to find something this beneficial, even in an area such as this one that has caused me stress. The flowers really are pretty too.
These are semi-edible too! The leaves can be cooked like other greens. This plant has been used as a diuretic and a medicine for digestive ailments. Native Americans used it for numerous ailments; there are too many to list!
“Daisy fleabane leaf extracts contain caffeic acid which is an active compound that has antioxidative and neuroprotective effects on neuronal cells.” –www.ediblewildfood.com
Thanks for checking out Flower Friday. Let me know what flowers you’re enjoying right now and of you have any Daisy fleabane growing around your home! Have a great weekend everyone.