Today I will write the last part on our native Asteraceae or ‘composites’ and daisy family in common terms. All known medicinal uses and other uses are mentioned.
In the last post I covered with what we see as the common daisies: yellow centred disk flowered with a ray of white florets as well as a few other composites or Asteraceae.
This time we start with plants we don’t immediately associate with the composites, but closely observed we find always the common combination of many disc florets, surrounded or not with ray florets.
Then finishing off with the other typical group of the Asteraceae which are the various ‘dandelion like’ flower members!
Most information again from the Medicinal Flora by J. Barker. The links to the scientific and common name provide also with good, general information about the plants!
To make the post more colourful I have given the plant a background of the flower colour!
There is a green background for the text if the plant is edible, ornamental or otherwise useful for wildlife, etc. Pink background is either as a warning or medicinal use. Blue background for interesting facts!
MOST MEDICINAL PLANTS ARE ALSO TOXIC IN LARGE DOSE. Advice is to never self-medicate.
First of all: ARTEMISIAS OR WORMWOODS:
The Artemisias: There are less than a dozen native artemisias on the British Isles and it should be noted that they are CUMULATIVELY TOXIC AND IN OVERDOSE MAY CAUSE IRREPERABLE DAMAGE TO THE BODY!
Today I will list some of the commonly known ones in our temperate climate.
As I’ve already included pictures in the general blog on Asteraceae back in the summer I will only include links on both of the plant names so you will be able to read more about each plant on other useful websites.
I will also colour code the blocks on the colour of the flower. Hope you will find that useful as well as pretty! Most uses are medicinal. Plants used as an ornamental or other uses are backed by a green colour!
The post on Asteraceae of 8th June this year 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. 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?
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 Actions and 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.