Monday, June 27, 2011

The Elecampane is (Finally) Blooming!

For the first time in three years, my elecampane plants finally bloomed! I grew them from seed in 2009, and this year (2011) they have graced me with their sunny flowers!

Besides being just an all-around beautiful plant, elecampane has a number of uses:

(1) The root makes an awful-tasting but effective cough suppressant, & is useful in fighting upper respiratory infections
(2) The roots can also yield a blue dye

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