Tracy Wazny

Norwood, Canada

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On the banks of the Trent River Lakefield Ontario Canada

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A meadow full of prickly beauty! I’m not going for a run through here!

This meadow contains : Nodding Plumeless-Thistle-Carduus nutans, Common Viper’s Bugloss- Echium vulgare.

Common Viper’s Bugloss- was intoduced to North America as a garden flower in the 1600’s, by the mid-1800’s, agriculturalists were condeming it as a vile forgein weed. Altough it is said to be ediible, it would make a rather bristly dish. In fact, some peole get a rash by simple touching this hairy plant.

I have been known to curse this beauty myself when weeding it out of my garden…picking out tiny fibers of it from my fingers long after I was done. lol!

The beautiful flowers on the other hand, make a pretty garnish when floated in punch or tossed in salads. At one time, common viper’s bugloss was said to have the power to drive away sadness, especially when mixed with wine. It was also belived to counteract viper venom, and therefore cure all snake bites. Unfortunatley, it was most effective when admimisterd before the bite, which required a certain amount of foresight.

Nodding Plumeless-Thistle-
This aggressive colonizer arrived in North America early in the 1900’s and is now a troublesome weed. Nodding plumeless-thistle spreads rapidly by seed, sometimes forming extensive colonies, that reduce crop flowers and rangeland productivity by 100%. In Europe, dried nodding thistle flowers are still used to curdle milk in cheese making, giving rise to another name- milk thistle. When mashed flowers are soaked in water for 5-6 hours and the liquid is added to warm (50 C) milk, the milk curdles in about 30 minutes. like true thistles(Crisium spp) plumeless -thistles taste rather like artichokes. With their spines removed, young stems, leaves and flowerheads can be eaten raw in salads or steamed and served hot.

Ontario Wilflowers 101 Wayside Flowers Linda Kershaw. -and a few of my own words as well :]

Location: A meadow that runs to the bank’s of the Trent River between Peterborough and Lakefield Ont.

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