This is not a native plant, but since it’s so popular here and does well in our climate, I thought it deserved its own post. While this plant is actually from Asia, it is a hardy perennial that thrives in USDA Zone 4. People from outside this region in the U.S. are often unfamiliar withContinue reading “Rhubarb”

Yom HaShoah: Hungarian Paprika

Today was Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. My grandparents’ friend Gabe is a Hungarian Jew who spent a portion of his childhood in a Nazi concentration camp. He was already an old man when I met him, and he spends his days growing rare heirloom tomatoes, some of which I have seen nowhere else. TodayContinue reading “Yom HaShoah: Hungarian Paprika”

Igmú Čheyáka / Catnip

I accidentally harvested catmint seeds the other day, thinking I was harvesting nettle seeds. This plant is called igmú čheyáka in Lakota, catmint in English, and Nepeta cataria. It is also (perhaps more commonly) known as catnip in engl. It’s indigenous to Eurasia, but has naturalized over here. It’s all over the place. I foundContinue reading “Igmú Čheyáka / Catnip”