July 4, 2018
Published by outwalking
During the end of June through the first week of July, this plant may show up in your garden. It is the giant hogweed, you will definitely have no problem identifying it as it can grow up to 15 feet tall.
Though the plant is mainly found on the eastern coastal states it is very prolific. The plant was believed to originate in New York, from there it spread to neighboring Pennsylvania, Ontario and Michigan. Later it was discovered in Ohio and most recently it was found in Virginia. It has been found in over a dozen states to date.
The plant is invasive, it produces up to 120,000 winged seeds per plant. Since these seeds have psuedo wing structures, they can be carried on the wind as well as any waterway.
The sap of the plant is highly toxic, it can cause third degree burns to ones whom get the sap on their skin. If the sap gets into the eyes, it can cause blindness. If you are unfortunate enough to get the sap on yourself, wash the area immediately and limit you exposure to sunlight until it is thorough removed. The sap limits the skin’s ability to filter out the harmful UV rays resulting in burns to the affected area.
Virginia has listed the plant as a tier 1 noxious weed, meaning it’s considered a major threat to the surrounding environment.
April 18, 2018 (updated April 18, 2018)
Published by thedawn
Its botanical name is Moringa oleifera. The propagation is through seed and from vegetative parts. Green tea of its leaves is beneficial for sugar patients. It is antioxidants and bio-active plant compound. Its fresh leaves juice is organic growth enhancer. Its flower buds and pods are used as vegetable which is rich in vitamins. It lowers down the blood sugar. It is beneficial for lowering of blood cholesterol.
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April 17, 2018
Published by thedawn
The botanical name of Rose is ***Rosa indica***. Its propagation is through roots and mostly by stumps. It is a so beautiful and has high class asthetic value. Its an integral part of beautiful park, garden and house lawns. Its stumps or roots were planted at the start of spring season (february). Its heavily pruned at the end of summer season because rose is heavily sprouted during spring and bears enormous flowers then looks so beautiful. It has enormous health benefits. It is used to make “Gulkand” which is helpful to cure fever and also helps in stomach problems. Rose water is used for skin care and also used for eye treatment specially in “ashob e chashm”. Its oil is also used to cure constipation. It has a lot of benefits for stomach. Rose flowers are used in marriages and also in funerals. It generates a sufficient income for rose growers.
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