Saturday, January 15, 2011

Depressing

St John's Wort

The next time I visited I was delighted to see a flush of lovely yellow flowers until I later discovered these are the invasive weed St John's Wort.  I tried hard to prove they were a native Hypericum but the black dots on the leaf margins are apparently a dead give away.

I'm told this herb is used as a natural anti-depressent whereas it only depressed me that I had to yank out as many of them as I could while the earth is moist and before they set billions more seeds which apparently last in the soil for up to 20 years. Crikey I might be still pulling these when I am almost 80.

5 comments:

  1. Now THAT is depressing. And they look so delicate, structured almost like an azalea. Is the background to this blog one of the bluebells?

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  2. Yes they are delicate, big clustered flower heads. The background is a flax lily I will show the bluebells sometime soon.

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  3. Ah, Nanango, eh? Right in peanut country.

    I have a flower tomorrow that you surely will be able to identify for me.

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  4. Boo hoo ... you were the expert I was counting on. I will use my other photos of it and try to work my way through the online images.

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  5. Dunno anything about tropical plants ... am more atuned to temperate woodland varieties.

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