I imagine most gardeners have seen this annual alien
wildflower weed. I also imagine most gardeners lacking a proper name use a bit of “French’ when they refer to it. It is an extremely prolific seed producer that can send off thousands of tiny seeds on the wind in a single season. Since each one seems to germinate in my garden my ‘French’ also gets carried away on the breeze. So in an effort to clean up America’s air waves let me give you the proper name of this weed while I zip my lips.
When life gives you Galinsoga boil it. The plant is edible, so if it’s sitting in your garden saying bite me, do just that after boiling it in water for about 5 minutes. Supposedly it tastes like spinach but I can’t confirm it. What I can confirm is the plant’s hairy nature if you take a close look.
Quickweed is a member of the Daisy family. The flowers are tiny, about a quarter inch across and the 5 rays are divided into 3 lobes. They’re actually pretty if you can get past the weed bit.
The very tiny seeds are encapsulated with an attached pappus that allows them to be carried by the slightest breeze. It was a still day with little or no wind so it must have been my breath that kept blowing them off my finger.
…and now for something completely different
How about a face full of cat? Look out, Stewy is ready to leap.
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