Propagation via landslide. This attractive clone of CA aster (Symphyotrichum chilense) didn't mind the rain last winter or the slide; patches of it were 🌼all up and down the face of the slide. #aster#californiawildflowers#wildcatcanyon
Trichostema lanceolatum (common names: vinegar weed, blue curls, wooly blue curls, california rosemary, terpentine weed, camphor weed). Lamiaceae (mint) plant family. Spanish settlers referred to this plant as "romero" due to it's strong fragrance, similar to that of rosemary. The foliage contains volatile oils with an aroma like sweet vinegar. This plant was used by indigenous Americans and early settlers as a cold and fever remedy. It's aromatic oils are antimicrobial and therefore appropriate for seasonal illnesses. Vinegar weed is an excellent remedy for stomach and digestive issues, including sluggish digestion, bloating, acidity, and constipation. This common plant can even be used topically for analgesic pain relief on sore muscles and swollen joints. Would you like shiny hair that smells like meadow flowers? Vinegar weed makes a lovely hair rinse that even remedies dandruff.
Trichostemma lanceolatum is a California native, ranging Canada to Mexico west of the Sierra mountain range. It thrives in dry, nutrient-poor soil.
For tea- one teaspoon of dry vinegar weed (or two teaspoons fresh) infused in one cup of boiling water- cover and steep 5 minutes. Strain and serve. Enjoy after a large meal to enhance digestion.
For topical use- hang your herbs to dry. Once dry, place one cup of organic oil (olive or coconut) and 20g dry vinegar weed in a glass jar with tight fitting lid. Place jar in a water bath and simmer for 2 hours. Strain and use as massage oil.
Hair rinse- 2 handfuls of fresh vinegar weed infused in one quart of boiling water- steep one hour. Strain and use after shampoo and conditioner as a final hair rinse.
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I wish I had taken the time to ID this paintbrush in the field as it is proving to be rather difficult from just this picture. I am leaning towards Castilleja linariifolia, but maybe a hybrid between that and Castilleja parviflora? I don't know much about Castilleja and am finding myself wanting to learn a lot more about this amazing species!
I found this at about 8000 ft on the eastern side of the Sierras near June lake.
California Honeysuckle braving the heat wave on the Sonoma Coast!
Lonicera hispidula, also known as pink honeysuckle, is a low elevation perennial woodlands vine native the the western US.
The California honeysuckle grows as a loose shrub, unless it finds another plant (or a trellis) to latch onto and climb. It's lovely tubular pink flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds. After flowering, clusters of red berries appear, and are a delight to many birds.
The hollow stems of lonicera were used by the Pomo people, a native California tribe, as smoking pipes.
Mountain coyote mint 🌿
I think it might be Monardella odoratissima, and if so, the name is extremely fitting because it smelled unlike any other plant I have ever smelled before!
Sweet and minty with the most heavenly fruity undertones 😌🙏🏼
And I must have not been the only one who thought so! While I was taking it the sweet smell an array of butterflies, moths, bees, flies and wasps were happily dancing from flower to flower 🐝
Great glaze tip! By @giselleno5ceramics: "Balloon resist, first try. I saw @jeremy_smoler try this but I think it worked better for dipping glazes if you want a super clean line around the rim. I will try it with dipping next time. I had been brushing everything but I'm preparing buckets of glaze right now so I can start dipping and pouring instead. It will save lots of time and gain a more consistent result." #potteryvideos#etsymudteam#glazeday#ceramicsandpottery#wip#workinprogress#californiawildflowers
WANTED: Maid in Beverly Hills - Red Maid: a widespread wildflower of California, had such delicious seeds that they were eaten “like candy” by the Yokuts (Gayton 1948). The common name refers to the bright red flowers, which (to an 18th century European mind) are like beautiful, delicate maids.