Category: plants


If Lola really wants to bloom in November, i’m okay with that!👌🏽


– graptopetalum rusbyi –

Blue Cohosh Root – Uses and Benefits Blue co…

Blue Cohosh Root – Uses and Benefits

Blue cohosh was once used extensively as a medicinal herb by several native American tribes, and many of the herb’s uses were soon adopted by the European settlers.

It was primarily used for ailments related to women’s health, especially during labor and birth.
The herb was used to reinforce contractions and restore or speed up slow labor due to lack of muscle strength in the womb.

It was also considered to have relaxing effect during labor and to relieve anxiety and pain during pregnancy.

Current application of blue cohosh as herbal medicine does not differ significantly from the traditional use.

The herb is still considered by some herbalists and midwives as a tonic for the womb and a remedy that can relieve pain in the uterus and fallopian tubes.

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The Amazing Artichoke – Uses and Benefits Th…

The Amazing Artichoke – Uses and Benefits

The artichoke plant as it is known today is a cultivated form that probably derived from the artichoke thistle or the cardoon (Cynara cardunculus).

The Ancient Romans and Greeks knew the plant and cultivated it as a food crop in southern parts of Europe for centuries. It is believed that both the cardoon and the artichoke originated in Morocco or the Canary Islands.

Today, it’s an important vegetable and is grown on a large scale in many areas of the world with temperate or subtropical climate, particularly in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, and California in the United States

The herb is often used internally as a tea or in tablet or capsule form to treat liver and gallbladder diseases such as liver damage, cirrhosis, hepatitis, and jaundice.

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Asafetida – Spice with Interesting Uses The …

Asafetida – Spice with Interesting Uses

The scientific species name assa-foetida is composed of the Persian word aza meaning “resin” and the Latin word foetidus meaning “smelly” referring to the plant’s rather strong and unpleasant odor.

At the time of the Roman Empire asafetida was a popular seasoning and the Romans referred to it as “food of the gods.”

For centuries the plant was imported from countries around the Persian Gulf to Europe.

In the Middle Ages, asafetida was used both as spice and medicine across Europe.

In Chinese herbal medicine, asafetida has been used since 600 AD mainly as a nerve stimulant in the treatment of neurasthenia (nerve weakness).

The herb is also widely used in traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda) as a brain stimulating herb.

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A lesson in soil compaction / why sand isn’t a good substrate for potted succulents.

I was running low on pumice so I mixed this with some old bagged cactus & succulent mix. WELP – most of the commercial mix went straight to the bottom and compacted into a wet mass!

Most sand is too fine to use as a potting medium. It will quickly clog up any air pockets or gaps (which are important for roots to breathe). And as you can see here, the roots that reached the sand at the bottom are covered in algae – the small particles retained too much water.

But look at that top half!! Healthy, white roots and plenty of space between soil particles for air and drainage. Pumice and bark fines are where IT’S AT.


echeveria pulidonis || spring vs. fall


I love winter-flowering bebs.


snow white | purple delight


it’s been unusually cold and cloudy so far this fall, so here’s the first bloom, a month early!