Any weeds that you kind of like and let grow for a while?

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For me, it's the johnny jump-ups trying to take over my vegetable garden. I pull up a few that are unavoidably in the way, but mostly I work around them -- at least until they've set seeds for next year.
When I first moved up here I thought violets were cute. I even dug a few up from the lawn and put them in the flower beds! Little did I realize how evil they are. Now I can't get rid of them.
Bob
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Oh yeah, I like the JJU too. It's not really weedy here, 'cause when the blast furnace of summer starts, it's a goner. I like violets and have some white, pink, small fragrant and large purple.
Also I let creeping Veronica, V. repens, stay because butterfly larva enjoy it. So they actually remove it for me by eating it.
The biggest weed I let stay around is Wooly Mullein, Verbascum thapsus, I love the huge leaves, and the neighbors all believe my story that it's a very expensive exotic plant!! Have to remember to remove the flower stalk before it sets seed........
Emilie NorCal zone 8b
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How did you get your original Mullein into the garden? I want some but, IIRC, it doesn't transplant well from field. Did you just seed it and wait?
In the herb garden where I work sometimes, people always stop at the Mullein and go, "Ew, what's THAT doing here?"
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That's been a long time ago. I know I got it from my mother's yard. I think that if you get it when it's quite small, before that big ol' tap root develops, and pop it immediately into a pot and water it that you can transplant it ok. Keep it in the pot in the shade for awhile.
(Seems like that's what I did) Nice that it's a biennial, so no worries about flowers for a year. Good luck with it
Emilie
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Dandelions, the flowers don't go to seed, because we eats 'em. In salads, sauteed, etc. Bees loves 'em too!
We also eats the leaves.
The French have an appropriate name for this "weed".
Pissenlit. Go figger.
Careful, Evening Salads May Disturb Your Sleep Charlie
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Good source of potassium, vitamin C & A too. Mild diuretic if you BP is creeping up on you. Help make poor land rich, if you have the time.
Charlie, ever mess around with prunnela. The plant that is. (Don't want to get you in hot water with the missus.) Understand she, it!, is good for hypertension, among other things. I'm going to be 'sperimenting with it and just wondered if you had any o'pins.
- Bill Coloribus gustibus non disputatum (mostly)
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Bill Rose wrote:

I gotta get my eyes checked. I read that and thought I saw "creeping charlie". (I hate creeping charlie more than all the other weeds)
Bob
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Charlie has been a lot of things but the only time he gets "creepy" is when he is trying to smuggle a new plant into his backyard. - Bill Coloribus gustibus non disputatum (mostly)
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WTF?? I thought only my wife caught me at that!! Unfortunately I do resemble that remark.
Gotta be more careful CHarlie
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The name threw me so I looked it up... I know it as self-heal and yes I have grown it. I wasn't aware of the hypotensive properties. We grew it for it wound healing properties and I do believe it aided in such. We would smoosh the leaves and apply to scratches, abrasions, etc and felt it helped. They healed faster and with less inflammation. Course, you know the old standard disclaimer applies here. ;-)
I assume your info came from pfaf and I checked there too.
Pulled up this old info from M. Grieve, a rather neat publication and useful.
http://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/s/selfhe40.html
Ya' know, folks have been eating and using many herbs for a long, long time. 'Tis only recently that man began capitalizing on the quick fix.
Maybe the old saying, "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger" should apply to herbal therapy!
Go for it
Charlie
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Just make sure you have Prunella Vulgaris and not Henbit. Henbit we gotz; Prunella... not so much.
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I do love brevity but for the perverseness of it all, could you expand on your banter? Count on me, the all too common man, to have "Vulgaris". How's that itch coming along, anyway? - Bill Coloribus gustibus non disputatum (mostly)
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Which part needs 'splaining, Willis?

Okay, now I don't know if you post was part jest or all jest. Please clarify. Be brief.
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There you go again. Gettin' all up in a hurry. When are people going to learn to slowdown and smell the flowers? All I was inquiring about, was actual experience with Prunella ("self-heal"). At some point you let fall that you occasionally worked at a nursery or some such. So I put 2 and 2 together and got 22. So what your saying is that there isn't much prunella (wild I presume) where you are. That's it? OK. OK, if you think of somethin', you know where "Willis" be. Now I'd like to do my rendition of "Casey at the Bat". The outlook was extremely gloomy for the Mudville nine that day . . . . . . .
- Bill Coloribus gustibus non disputatum (mostly)
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Aquilegia Canadensis. Wild Alaskan Columbine. Boy, what a weed! It self-sows to beat the band. It the proper setting, it's teriffic. I made the mistake of planting one in the flowerbed here in front of the office window a few years back -- now it's all over the frigging place. I dig up clumps every spring and foist them off on the neighbors.
Being frugal people, we dig up lots of native plants and bring them home. That's not always a good idea.
But I did just discover that I can graft pear scionwood to the native Mountain Ash that's in my yard. Having native rootstock is a pretty hot deal at my latitude.
Jan in Alaska 59N, 151W
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On 5/29/07 12:52 AM, in article snipped-for-privacy@mid.individual.net,

Oh goodness yes.
Blackberries, in their place, are wonderful summer snacks. Their place is the hill around the mini grove of pines, birches and poplar.
Violets - sorry, I love the leaves and flowers. Does reseed well though ;)
Teasel - never should have planted it, but the birds love it, so I found a new home for it.
Bird's foot trefoil - great yellow flowers.
C
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I don't really like it but I'm amazed by it's growth. I have no idea what the real name of it is but my neighbors call it stink weed. Sometimes I let it grow just to see how bit it will get. Digging it out is a bite though. The root system grows very deep. Yes, violets are evil.
Michael
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was forced to post this in: rec.gardens

:::shakes fist at the Violet haters again::::
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And I went searching for them this spring. Nary one to be found. I always was able to find them when I was working but now that I have spare time they went into hiding. Unless it was the odd spring we had this year.
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Beaurtiful wild purple Dame's Rocket.
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