However, I do hope you find it fascinating like myself how classification does make sense, especially in large families such as the Composites. It neatly groups similar looking plants together and when these plants ‘look similar’ they most likely also have the same properties and uses. This week we come to the part important for us as people. Of course weeds or native plants as I like to call them, are ALWAYS useful in any habitat situation, soil and indeed for other living creatures apart from ourselves.
When we pull out the dandelion or ragwort we are taking away a valuable food source for multiples of creatures. Is it really worth that?
In the following few blogs about this family I once again will copy a lot of interesting information from ‘The Medicinal Flora of Britain and Northwestern Europe’ by J. Barker. Please get a copy for yourself as you won’t regret it!
Here are links to all the different posts on Asteraceae:
- About the dandelion
- part 1 about Asteraceae and classification
- About Common Ragwort or Jacobaea vulgaris
- this post! (part 2)
- The more common members of the Daisy Family and their uses (part 3))
- The more unusual members (part 4) = last part
As Medicine is a science like Botany or Horticulture it also has a lot of specialist scientific wording which is difficult to understand, even for myself! I will therefore include many links for the Uses of the plants mentioned this time for you to research this further. Many interesting facts of these plants can also be found following the links within the plant names.Continue reading “Asteraceae and some scientific background (part 2)”