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Dandelion vs. Cat’s Ear

Taraxacum officinale vs. Hypochaeris radicata The difference between Cat’s Ear and Dandelion leaves: The stems of Cat’s Ear are not hollow, they are wiry and will usually have more than one flower on each stem. The young leaves, root, flowers, and buds of Cat’s ear are edible similar to dandelion with comparable nutritional benefits, but …

Botany: Leaf Types

When I first started learning botany, the vocabulary was a little confusing. Not only was I having to memorize unfamiliar words and definitions, but I found that different books used different terms to describe the same thing. Here’s a hint: choose a descriptive word you like and stick to using that one. Becoming familiar with …

Botany: Leaf Arrangement

Let’s continue our overview of some botanical basics. Last time I talked about leaf venation and this time I’m going to talk a little about leaf arrangement. Alternate: This is when you see a leaf on the left side of a stem, then a little bit up there’s a leaf on the right side of …

Botanical Names

Daisy, dandelion, viola, mullein; these are names that many of us are familiar with and use in everyday language! So what’s the big deal with learning botanical names that sound unfamiliar and are difficult to remember? Common names can cause confusion when communicating with others, especially when discussing edibility and medicinal qualities of an herb, …

Botany: Leaves (Part 1)

Learning botany doesn’t have to be intimidating or boring You will feel more confident in your foraging and wildcrafting if you take the time to learn some basics. Don’t get too caught up in the details and have fun! So let’s talk about the basics of leaves… Leaf veins serve several function, regardless of their …