Welcome to the wonderful world of weedy plants!
Weeds are superevolutionary products of human civilizations and activities - without humans there would be no weeds, just wild plants.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Life Versus Death

Daucus carota, also known as wild carrot, bird’s nest, bishop’s lace, and Queen Anne’s lace, is a flowering plant native to Europe and southwest Asia, and naturalized to North America and Australia. While the carrots that we eat are domesticated versions of this species, Queen Anne’s lace bears an almost indistinguishable resemblance to a highly deadly plant, the poison hemlock. What’s worse, they’re often found in similar environments: dry meadows, roadsides, hiking trails, ditches, and deserted uncultivated waste areas. Poison hemlock and Queen Anne’s lace belong to the same family: Apiaceae or Umbelliferae, along with dill and parsley.

poison hemlock

Queen Anne's lace

The similarity in their appearances has led to some accidental poisonings (as Queen Anne's lace is used in all sorts of foods), and so being able to identify them and avoid accidental ingestion is very important. Queen Anne’s lace is distinguished by fine hairs on its solid green stem and on its leaves, a root that smells like carrots, and occasionally a single dark red or purple flower in the center of the umbel (inflorescence which consists of a number of short flower stalks which spread from a common point like umbrella ribs).  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tomorrow, April 25 - War of the Weeds at Rutgers Day!

Come and visit our booth with educational activities on weeds!  Eat food made from weedy plants (wild onion cream cheese crackers, dandelion ice tea and rose hip smoothies), check your weedy plant species knowledge in our new card matching game, and check out the defense and attack systems of these superevolutionary and amazing plants. 

Our table is located between Food Science and the Cook/Douglass Lecture Hall, along the road and we are open 10 AM to 3 PM tomorrow.  It is right next to the giant booksale, which is worth a visit too!

New fieldguides are out!

Two updates fieldguides are just published and can be downloaded for printing - at no cost!

Field Guide to Weedy Plants of Eastern US

Weedy Grasses and Grasslike Plants of Eastern US

Print the first guide at 100% on LEGAL paper, double-sided, then fold in 4 parts.

Print the Grass guide on LETTER paper, double-sided and fold in 3 parts.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mona Caron's "WEEDS": An alternative botanical animation

As the domain name states, "this is colossal"!...

Watch over-sized weedy paintings grow up on familiar urban structures: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/12/mona-carons-murals-of-weeds-slowly-overtake-walls-buildings/

The take-away: "Sow alternatives- let resistance grow."