Thursday, May 7, 2015
Are There Any Uses For Columbine?
Columbine flowers are quite unique... and pretty. Every year I enjoy their appearance in mid spring. The colors are beautiful amid all of the greens that are growing by this time.
They are actually rather odd looking also.... and delicate. A contrast, of sorts.
I have noticed that it seems I am getting some I haven't seen before.... and I didn't plant them. I do enjoy them, though... and after a bit of research, I found that they are good at self-seeding and if they self-seed, many times they will combine with others nearby and make natural hybrids. This can be prevented, if desired, by deadheading the flowers.
I don't plan to do that.... as I like the surprise of wondering what the flowers will look like. :)
Some of them, I have every year... others vary.... and I like all of them.
They are a woodland plant when they grow wild... I guess that fits in parts of my yard since we have a lot of shade.
As I do with so many plants that grow in my yard, I searched to see if it has any herbal uses.
Surprisingly, I found that it does, although they are not really used anymore since it belongs to a family of plants that can be toxic.
It has been used as an astringent... and externally as a poultice to treat ulcer and skin conditions.
The flowers have been used as a tea.
The crushed seed also has a pleasant smell and has been used as a perfume.
Very interesting information.... but again and again I found that it is not used much today because of concerns of the toxicity, so I am not at all recommending it... just sharing what I have learned.
As I have said before, I am not a health professional, nor am I recommending you use this plant in any medicinal way... and I have never done so.
I am interested to learn about the plants in my yard... and if necessary, I would do much more research before I used them, but I like knowing that they do have uses... other than just being pretty. I also love seeing continuing evidence that God has provided what we need... even through the plants that He has created. I plan to just remember the possibilities for using this one, but I do not have plans to actually use it... at least not this year. Maybe another year... and after more research, I will... but for now, I sure enjoy their beauty in my yard. :)
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