Cardoon and Sunflower are both non-native ornamental as well as economical food crops in the Asteraceae
The post on
Asteraceae went through the entire classification and might have been a little tedious for you?
However, I do hope you find it fascinating like myself
how classification does make sense, especially in large families such as the Composites or Asteraceae.
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 start with the uses of this family.
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: Contents:
Introduction to the Composites by Julian Barker
Some main crops and their uses:
as food and fodder
Continue reading “Asteraceae and some more scientific background (part 2)”
Yarrow and Ragwort are 2 different members of the large ‘Aster’ family – All images are with thanks from Matt Summers
Today and in several future posts I will be talking about members of the Asteraceae. This was called the Compositae for a very long time, which I think is a lot more descriptive about this largest dicotyledon family on Earth!
The first post is all about the classification which is extensive but makes good sense you will discover on the next page! Individual species are not always mentioned and only natives or archyophytes are listed here.
More species will be listed in post 4, 5, 6 below as well as their known uses:
Asteraceae (part 1) (This post!)
About the Common Ragwort or Jacobaea vulgaris
More science behind the Asteraceae! (part 2)
the more common Asteraceae and their uses (part 3)
the less common members (part 4) Contents:
Tribe 1: Cynareae
The flowers are
rarely yellow, usually red to blue. Mostly thistles or very thistle-like.
Tribe 2: the Cichorieae
Plants often produce the white latex, the flowers are
Tribe 3: the Arctotideae
with 2 genera but both are not native
The Third Subfamily is the largest one in this family and called
Asteroideae, it has 13 tribes and 66 genera! But many are ornamental plants or garden escapes.
Tribe 5: Inuleae Tribe6: the Astereae Tribe 7: Anthemideae Tribe 8: the Senecioneae Tribe 9: the Calenduleae Tribe 10: Heliantheae Tribe 11: Millerieae Tribe 12: Coreopsideae Tribe 13: Tageteae Tribe 14: Bahieae Tribe 15: Helenieae Tribe 16: Eupatorieae Continue reading “Asteraceae part 1”