This large family (Asteraceae), commonly called the Aster Family, consists of 1,314 genera and 21,000 species of herbs, shrubs, climbers and a few trees is found chiefly in temperate and subtropical regions. The plants are of value to man as ornamentals; a few are insecticides and fish poisons. The shrub was dedicated to Bacchus, the mythological God […]
In the past Eelgrass was used for packing, upholstery stuffing and insulation. Because of its high silicon content, Eelgrass is non-flammable. When compressed and dried, it becomes loosely-matted with many air spaces giving it excellent insulation and sound proofing properties. Radio City and Rockefeller Center in New York were built with this material.
In ancient times and continuing to today grasses, have stood between mankind and starvation. For thousands of years grasses have provided food we eat (wheat, rice, corn, sugar cane, and more) and food for our domestic livestock. In earlier times grasses were used to make thatched roofs, mats for floors, bedding, and kitchen utensils. Indeed, some made an […]
This family (Violaceae) commonly called the Violet Family consists of 23 genera and 830 species of herbs, shrubs, lianas and small trees. Some species are cultivated for their oils which are used in flavorings and to make scents. The species name of Strap-Leaved Violet (lanceolata) refers to the lance shape of the leaves. Strap-leaved Violet is found in moist, […]
This family (Violaceae) commonly called the Violet Family consists of 23 genera and 830 species of herbs, shrubs, lianas and small trees. Some species are cultivated for their oils which are used in flavorings and to make scents. Pansy is from the French name pensee meaning “thought”.