• Plant Profiles

    At the level of mushrooms

    by  • November 14, 2011 • Fall, Plant Profiles • 3 Comments

    Too risky to try

    “Misidentify a mushroom and your liver could dissolve.”  Hank Shaw, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook  After one autumn rain, it’s enough moisture to release a passel of mushrooms pushing up from the loamy soil here along one of my paths.  I noticed that a few have been kicked, (by a man walking a dog) which...

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    Soap Plant in full bloom

    by  • July 24, 2011 • Plant Profiles, Sierra Foothills • 5 Comments

    Soap plant close up

    Studying the singular Soap Plant As the season passes, the Soap Plant is on the wane, still over 7 feet tall, waving over the drying meadow and garden. Here is a record of its life cycle here in the Sierra foothills. Wavyleaf Soap Plant, Chlorogalum pomeridianum Startling at first, this strange plant is really very...

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    Summer native discoveries

    by  • July 6, 2011 • Garden, Plant Profiles • 12 Comments

    Bush Beardtongue, Keckiella breviflora

    This spring and summer several plants native to California much to my delight. A couple were known, but have just been correctly identified. All will be added to my list of Existing native Plants, a list of those here before we. It’s a fascinating, educational journey to form this list and very enjoyable. Bush...

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    A profusion of Pretty Face

    by  • May 19, 2011 • Garden, Plant Profiles, Sierra Foothills, Spring • 12 Comments

    Pretty Face, Triteleia ixioides Sunny starry yellow, Pretty Face is sometimes called Golden brodiaea or Golden Stars, and is native to California, appearing only slightly beyond the borders, according to CalFlora. This variety, found on our place and all through the Oakhurst Yosemite area, may be Triteleia ixioides ssp. scabra or Foothill Pretty Face. This pretty bulb first shows...

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    Enough Miner’s lettuce for a salad

    by  • May 11, 2011 • Plant Profiles, Spring • 16 Comments

    In the shade the leaves are tender and sweet, like these growing out from under a bench.

    Much about Miner’s lettuce It may seem a weed in many California gardens, but you’ll find that miner’s lettuce, or Claytonia, is beautiful, useful and edible! “The Claytonia perfoliata was discovered on the northwest coast of America, by Mr. Archibald Menzies, and introduced by him into the Kew Garden, in the year 1796, where...

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