Red Dead Nettle Description

20130221-165850.jpgSpring is edging nearer, and I am itching to get into the full swing of foraging. The biting cold, though, keeps me close to home. Thankfully, our landlords are homesteaders themselves, so I have only to step out into my yard for the first foraging opportunities of the season.

The urban yard is particularly great for finding early pot herbs. These plants have been storing nutrition throughout the winter, and they take the first chance they find to pop through their protective blanket of fall leaves or thatched grass. Their leaves may be tiny, but these warriors of the late winter offer those willing to take the time a number of healthy vitamins. In less modern times, people relied on these plants as a health tonic after surviving the winter on stored starchy roots.

20130221-165913.jpgLamium purpureum is closed related to lamium amplexicaule, a wild edible that we know as Henbit. Both plants have a square, reddish stem. Their leaves are opposite, with a downy fuzz. They grow sprawling on the open ground of fields, lawns and garden beds. Their delicate reddish-purple to purple flowers are an early source of nectar for pollinators.

Their flavor is mild but pleasant, ranging from slightly nutty to slightly sour, with no bitterness. To harvest, simply snip off the top 3 to 5 inches of each stalk of new growth with scissors. Wash the greens well, as they grow very near the soil, and enjoy fresh as a salad green or garnish, or cooked as a pot herb.

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In my experience absolutly correct

2009-11-02 00:09:47 by horticultureOC

Papayas life for less than 10 years, there not true woody plants but rather giant herbaceous perennials. If topped the adventitious sprouts will be weak & will not produce quality fruit. this is so because the plant is spending the energy to re grow a new crown not fruit. It is best to plant a dwarf variety like dwarf Hawaiian Solo Red or just remove the papaya trees when they get to tall to harvest. Buy a new one or start from seed Papayas are easy 7 fast growing providing they receive no frost. Papayas do well here in my garden in central orange County CA 92705.


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