Soapwort

Soapwort: A Soapy Affair?

Soapwort, botanically known as saponaria officinalis, is a herbaceous, perennial, flowering plant that is easy to grow and is rarely fussy of soils. It is a hardy plant and withstands diseases and harsh weather quite well. As a result, it proliferates aggressively and can form dense colonies crowding out other plants. Continue reading [...]

“Exploding” Jewelweed is Popping with Fun

Jewelweed is a yellow or orange flowering plant whose claim to fame is that the ripe seed pods "explode" or burst open when touched. Much to the delight of children and fun-loving adults, these plants have a quite entertaining method of dispersing their seeds. Continue reading [...]

Venus Flytrap: The Perfect Gift for Curious Kids

The Venus flytrap is the most mysterious and notorious of house plants. These carnivorous plants were made famous (or infamous) in the cult classic movie "Little Shop of Horrors" and have been intriguing curious kids for decades ever since. Continue reading [...]
Peony flower recipes

Edible Peony Flowers – How to Eat Them!

Peonies were a popular hit during the medieval time especially when they were in season. While the seeds and roots are edible, it is the flowers that are commonly used in the culinary world as they taste great and impart pink hues to foods and beverages. Continue reading [...]

Easy-care Houseplants Send Well Wishes for Years

Low-maintenance houseplants are thoughtful gifts that don't require too much care. Whether you choose a flowering plant, a plant with a legend attached, or one that helps to heal, your gift recipient will appreciate your well wishes for years to come. Continue reading [...]

Dame’s Rocket: An Invasive, Deceitful But Beneficial Flowering Plant

Dame’s rocket or hesperis matronalis is an annual, biennial and at times a perennial, erect plant that reaches up to 4 feet tall and 18 inches wide. It is a member of the Brassicaceae or Cruciferae family which makes it a close relative of savoy cabbage, mustard, kale, broccoli, and red cabbage. Dame’s rocket is a native of Italy but is now found in many parts of Russia, Asia, the Mediterranean region and the US. Continue reading [...]