Winter Wormwood

Wormwood. Pȟežíȟota swúla. Artemisia absinthium. This plant, introduced here from Eurasia, is one of the hardiest members of the sage (Artemisia) family. I took this picture in late winter, when the snow was starting to melt, but no other plants had emerged yet. It must have a lot of antifreeze in its leaves, because theContinue reading “Winter Wormwood”

Trying to Eradicate Creeping Jenny

The Late-June battles continue with one of the most persistent weeds in our territory. Creeping Jenny may look cute and innocuous from the first few leaves that appear above ground, and I’ve even heard of people using it as an ornamental plant for this reason. But underneath the surface, those few little leaves are supportedContinue reading “Trying to Eradicate Creeping Jenny”

Eating Your Weeds

It’s the time of year where every seed that has blown into the garden bed is popping up, as well as any weeds that I failed to eradicate last year. I’m working on learning the difference between those that have some medicinal/nutritional value and are worth keeping, and those that should be pulled before theyContinue reading “Eating Your Weeds”

Rhubarb

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”

Siberian Elm

Siberian Elm. Ulmus Pumila. The State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources classifies it as an invasive species, noting that “[t]he tree can invade and dominate disturbed prairies in just a few years.” (see link for more info.) This fast growing, hard to eradicate tree is a real problem here, growing up under homes andContinue reading “Siberian Elm”