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At dawn and dusk you can see thousands of crows congregating along the waterfront core, both along the west and east sides of the river. Every year as the weather cools crows start gathering in the city which is warmer than the surrounding areas because of the Urban Heat Island effect (all the buildings, cement, and asphalt holding and emitting heat). I find this large murder (group of crows) fascinating to watch! For the best views bundle up and head to the Portland waterfront at sunset. This is the closest we will ever get to experiencing the phenomenon of the passanger pigeons whose extinction shocked all given they once blackened the skys with their numbers. The crows are social and roost in large groups during the winter for safety and to share news. In the spring mating pairs will leave to find places to nest. 
#crows #murderofcrows #downtownpdx #pdx #instanature
#Portland #Oregon #weeds #herbs #wildcrafting #edible #science #urbanecology #botany #humanhabitat #garden #biology  #nature #plants #flowers #flowerfordays #plantporn #natureporn #portlandnature #biology #ecology #pacificnorthwest #instanature #nofilter
At dawn and dusk you can see thousands of crows congregating along the waterfront core, both along the west and east sides of the river. Every year as the weather cools crows start gathering in the city which is warmer than the surrounding areas because of the Urban Heat Island effect (all the buildings, cement, and asphalt holding and emitting heat). I find this large murder (group of crows) fascinating to watch! For the best views bundle up and head to the Portland waterfront at sunset. This is the closest we will ever get to experiencing the phenomenon of the passanger pigeons whose extinction shocked all given they once blackened the skys with their numbers. The crows are social and roost in large groups during the winter for safety and to share news. In the spring mating pairs will leave to find places to nest.  #crows  #murderofcrows  #downtownpdx  #pdx  #instanature  #Portland  #Oregon  #weeds  #herbs  #wildcrafting  #edible  #science  #urbanecology  #botany  #humanhabitat  #garden  #biology  #nature  #plants  #flowers  #flowerfordays  #plantporn  #natureporn  #portlandnature  #biology  #ecology  #pacificnorthwest  #instanature  #nofilter 
The last of our fall leaves here as we are about to dive into winter. Vine Maple, Acer circinatum, is a deciduous shrub native to the Pacific northwest from Canada to northern California. This species of Maple is popular as an ornamental shrub grown in bioswales and rain gardens. Native Americans called this shrub the basket plant because of its many utilitarian uses. Medically the bark was used in a tea to treat colds.

#Portland #Oregon #weeds #herbs #wildcrafting #edible #science #urbanecology #botany #humanhabitat #garden #biology  #nature #plants #flowers #flowerfordays #plantporn #natureporn #portlandnature #biology #ecology #macro #macrophotography #pdx #pacificnorthwest #instanature #nofilter  #leaves #fallfoliage #maple
The last of our fall leaves here as we are about to dive into winter. Vine Maple, Acer circinatum, is a deciduous shrub native to the Pacific northwest from Canada to northern California. This species of Maple is popular as an ornamental shrub grown in bioswales and rain gardens. Native Americans called this shrub the basket plant because of its many utilitarian uses. Medically the bark was used in a tea to treat colds. #Portland  #Oregon  #weeds  #herbs  #wildcrafting  #edible  #science  #urbanecology  #botany  #humanhabitat  #garden  #biology  #nature  #plants  #flowers  #flowerfordays  #plantporn  #natureporn  #portlandnature  #biology  #ecology  #macro  #macrophotography  #pdx  #pacificnorthwest  #instanature  #nofilter  #leaves  #fallfoliage  #maple 
36 years and 10.5 months! Happy Birthday to me <3 Thanks for all the support this year, it has been a busy one! <3 #babylife #fulltimeworkingmom #sciencebaby
The days are going shorter and the mornings are frosty... but these Anemones are holding out and this honey bee is enjoying the last of the fall flowers! Japanese Anemones can be hardy fall flowering perennials. This genius is from China but has been cultivated in Japan for hundreds of years and are extremely popular ornamental plant (not edible) grown throughout the world. Did you know that honey bees (like this one) keep going all winter long - living off food stores from the summer? Bumblebees aren't as lucky- only the queen hibernates while most die at the end of summer!

#Portland #Oregon #weeds #herbs #wildcrafting #edible #science #urbanecology #botany #humanhabitat #garden #biology  #nature #plants #flowers #flowerfordays #plantporn #natureporn #flowerstagram #portlandnature #biology #ecology #macro #macrophotography #pdx #pacificnorthwest #instanature #bee
The days are going shorter and the mornings are frosty... but these Anemones are holding out and this honey bee is enjoying the last of the fall flowers! Japanese Anemones can be hardy fall flowering perennials. This genius is from China but has been cultivated in Japan for hundreds of years and are extremely popular ornamental plant (not edible) grown throughout the world. Did you know that honey bees (like this one) keep going all winter long - living off food stores from the summer? Bumblebees aren't as lucky- only the queen hibernates while most die at the end of summer! #Portland  #Oregon  #weeds  #herbs  #wildcrafting  #edible  #science  #urbanecology  #botany  #humanhabitat  #garden  #biology  #nature  #plants  #flowers  #flowerfordays  #plantporn  #natureporn  #flowerstagram  #portlandnature  #biology  #ecology  #macro  #macrophotography  #pdx  #pacificnorthwest  #instanature  #bee 
Happy Halloween 🎃 I can hardly believe it but Scarlett just turned 10 months! Over this last month Scarlett has been busy sitting up on her own and trying hard to crawl. She has 4 teeth and two more are coming in on top right now! She sometimes sleeps all night long 😀  She loves flip flap books, finger foods, and the baby shark song <3 #babywitch #mamawitch #10months #babycostume #happyhalloween #witch #Portland #keepportlandweird
Happy Halloween 🎃 I can hardly believe it but Scarlett just turned 10 months! Over this last month Scarlett has been busy sitting up on her own and trying hard to crawl. She has 4 teeth and two more are coming in on top right now! She sometimes sleeps all night long 😀 She loves flip flap books, finger foods, and the baby shark song <3 #babywitch  #mamawitch  #10months  #babycostume  #happyhalloween  #witch  #Portland  #keepportlandweird 
The leaves are turning and falling a little faster this year! Last year I posted this same leaf on Nov 8th and there were a lot more leaves on the trees on the waterfront that day compared to today!

Pin Oak leaves downtown pdx, Quercus palustris, is a species of oak native to the Eastern US and a popular ornamental throughout the United States and worldwide. Its popularity is due to its beautiful fall foliage and pollution  tolerance. "The wood is hard and heavy and is used in general construction and for firewood. The bark was used by some Native American tribes to make a drink for treatment of intestinal pain." -wiki

#nofilter #fallfoliage #Portland #Oregon #weeds #herbs #wildcrafting #science #edible  #urbanecology #botany #humanhabitat #garden #biology  #nature #plants #leaves #portlandnature #biology #ecology #macro #macrophotography #pdx #pacificnorthwest #instanature #leavesofinstagram #tree #oak
The leaves are turning and falling a little faster this year! Last year I posted this same leaf on Nov 8th and there were a lot more leaves on the trees on the waterfront that day compared to today! Pin Oak leaves downtown pdx, Quercus palustris, is a species of oak native to the Eastern US and a popular ornamental throughout the United States and worldwide. Its popularity is due to its beautiful fall foliage and pollution tolerance. "The wood is hard and heavy and is used in general construction and for firewood. The bark was used by some Native American tribes to make a drink for treatment of intestinal pain." -wiki #nofilter  #fallfoliage  #Portland  #Oregon  #weeds  #herbs  #wildcrafting  #science  #edible  #urbanecology  #botany  #humanhabitat  #garden  #biology  #nature  #plants  #leaves  #portlandnature  #biology  #ecology  #macro  #macrophotography  #pdx  #pacificnorthwest  #instanature  #leavesofinstagram  #tree  #oak 
And suddenly it was fall and the world is full of golds and reds! Tigers eye sumac, this is a fancy staghorm sumac cultivar - Rhus typhina bailtiger, is a deciduous shrub native to the Appalachian Mountains. This sumac species has been specially cultivated for ornamental use and is now common in gardens throughout the United States. Although not a weed, its striking yellow to red coloring and fine cut leaves caught my eye! Sumac berries have long been used for adding flavor to foods and drink.

#Portland #Oregon #weeds #herbs #wildcrafting #edible #science #urbanecology #botany #humanhabitat #garden #biology  #nature #plants #flowers #flowerfordays #plantporn #natureporn #portlandnature #biology #ecology #macro #macrophotography #pdx #pacificnorthwest #instanature #nofilter  #leaves #fallfoliage #tigereye
And suddenly it was fall and the world is full of golds and reds! Tigers eye sumac, this is a fancy staghorm sumac cultivar - Rhus typhina bailtiger, is a deciduous shrub native to the Appalachian Mountains. This sumac species has been specially cultivated for ornamental use and is now common in gardens throughout the United States. Although not a weed, its striking yellow to red coloring and fine cut leaves caught my eye! Sumac berries have long been used for adding flavor to foods and drink. #Portland  #Oregon  #weeds  #herbs  #wildcrafting  #edible  #science  #urbanecology  #botany  #humanhabitat  #garden  #biology  #nature  #plants  #flowers  #flowerfordays  #plantporn  #natureporn  #portlandnature  #biology  #ecology  #macro  #macrophotography  #pdx  #pacificnorthwest  #instanature  #nofilter  #leaves  #fallfoliage  #tigereye 
Escallonia 'Pink Princess'Escallonia x exoniensis 'Fradesii' is an evergreen flowering shrub native to South America. This species is a very popular ornamental because of its hardy nature, growing particularly well in coastal maritime climates. I found this particular plant growing next to a Safeway. It blooms from late summer into fall. It does not appear to be edible or used for medicinal purposes, but if you know otherwise please chime in!  Thanks <3  #Portland #Oregon #weeds #herbs #wildcrafting #edible #science #urbanecology #botany #humanhabitat #garden #biology  #nature #plants #flowers #flowerfordays #plantporn #natureporn #flowerstagram #portlandnature #biology #ecology #macro #macrophotography #pdx #pacificnorthwest #instanature
Escallonia 'Pink Princess'Escallonia x exoniensis 'Fradesii' is an evergreen flowering shrub native to South America. This species is a very popular ornamental because of its hardy nature, growing particularly well in coastal maritime climates. I found this particular plant growing next to a Safeway. It blooms from late summer into fall. It does not appear to be edible or used for medicinal purposes, but if you know otherwise please chime in! Thanks <3 #Portland  #Oregon  #weeds  #herbs  #wildcrafting  #edible  #science  #urbanecology  #botany  #humanhabitat  #garden  #biology  #nature  #plants  #flowers  #flowerfordays  #plantporn  #natureporn  #flowerstagram  #portlandnature  #biology  #ecology  #macro  #macrophotography  #pdx  #pacificnorthwest  #instanature 
Hebe 'Autumn Glory', is a flowering perennial shrub native to New Zealand. There are over 100 species of Hebe and many cultivars popular in the UK and United States. These shrubs can have beautiful flowers! I found this one growing in downtown Astoria a few weeks ago. All Hebe plants are toxic to humans so don't eat it :) Sorry for the long posting hiatus - life has been hectic and I recently lost my dog and plant IDing companion of 10 years to cancer. :( It's made motivating to make plant posts a bit of a struggle. RIP Indy <3  #Portland #Oregon #weeds #herbs #wildcrafting #edible #science #urbanecology #botany #humanhabitat #garden #biology  #nature #plants #flowers #flowerfordays #plantporn #natureporn #flowerstagram #portlandnature #biology #ecology #macro #macrophotography #pdx #pacificnorthwest #instanature
Hebe 'Autumn Glory', is a flowering perennial shrub native to New Zealand. There are over 100 species of Hebe and many cultivars popular in the UK and United States. These shrubs can have beautiful flowers! I found this one growing in downtown Astoria a few weeks ago. All Hebe plants are toxic to humans so don't eat it :) Sorry for the long posting hiatus - life has been hectic and I recently lost my dog and plant IDing companion of 10 years to cancer. :( It's made motivating to make plant posts a bit of a struggle. RIP Indy <3 #Portland  #Oregon  #weeds  #herbs  #wildcrafting  #edible  #science  #urbanecology  #botany  #humanhabitat  #garden  #biology  #nature  #plants  #flowers  #flowerfordays  #plantporn  #natureporn  #flowerstagram  #portlandnature  #biology  #ecology  #macro  #macrophotography  #pdx  #pacificnorthwest  #instanature 
Lesser burdock, Arctium minus, is a large invasive biennial herb introduced from Eurasia. When in flower lesser burdock can easily be mistaken for a thistle but upon closer examination it becomes clear that it is something different given its large smooth leaves (no spines like a thistle). Lesser burdock is considered a noxious weed throughout North America-  due to its easy spreading nature, tendancy to harbor fungi that are harmful to crop production, and when grazed by dairy animals can give milk a bitter flavor. The species was likely introduced unintentionally through imported forage (being a common pasture weed) and intentionally for its edibility and medicinal properties. Lesser burdock root and young stems are edible and the spieces is commonly used as an herbal panacea in Chinese medicine.  #Portland #Oregon #weeds #herbs #wildcrafting #edible #science #urbanecology #botany #humanhabitat #garden #biology  #nature #plants #flowers #flowerfordays #plantporn #natureporn #flowerstagram #portlandnature #biology #ecology #macro #macrophotography #pdx #pacificnorthwest #instanature #burdock
Lesser burdock, Arctium minus, is a large invasive biennial herb introduced from Eurasia. When in flower lesser burdock can easily be mistaken for a thistle but upon closer examination it becomes clear that it is something different given its large smooth leaves (no spines like a thistle). Lesser burdock is considered a noxious weed throughout North America- due to its easy spreading nature, tendancy to harbor fungi that are harmful to crop production, and when grazed by dairy animals can give milk a bitter flavor. The species was likely introduced unintentionally through imported forage (being a common pasture weed) and intentionally for its edibility and medicinal properties. Lesser burdock root and young stems are edible and the spieces is commonly used as an herbal panacea in Chinese medicine. #Portland  #Oregon  #weeds  #herbs  #wildcrafting  #edible  #science  #urbanecology  #botany  #humanhabitat  #garden  #biology  #nature  #plants  #flowers  #flowerfordays  #plantporn  #natureporn  #flowerstagram  #portlandnature  #biology  #ecology  #macro  #macrophotography  #pdx  #pacificnorthwest  #instanature  #burdock 
Field mint, Mentha arvensis, is a perennial flowering herb native to Asia, Europe, and North America. This species is very common and is found in urban environments, wetlands, and pastures. It is an aggressive grower and smells great! Get those mojito supplies ready this species is very edible and has traditionally used to treat flatulence, digestive problems, gall bladder problems and coughs.

#Portland #Oregon #weeds #herbs #wildcrafting #edible #science #urbanecology #botany #humanhabitat #garden #biology  #nature #plants #flowers #flowerfordays #plantporn #natureporn #flowerstagram #portlandnature #biology #ecology #macro #macrophotography #pdx #pacificnorthwest #instanature #mint
Field mint, Mentha arvensis, is a perennial flowering herb native to Asia, Europe, and North America. This species is very common and is found in urban environments, wetlands, and pastures. It is an aggressive grower and smells great! Get those mojito supplies ready this species is very edible and has traditionally used to treat flatulence, digestive problems, gall bladder problems and coughs. #Portland  #Oregon  #weeds  #herbs  #wildcrafting  #edible  #science  #urbanecology  #botany  #humanhabitat  #garden  #biology  #nature  #plants  #flowers  #flowerfordays  #plantporn  #natureporn  #flowerstagram  #portlandnature  #biology  #ecology  #macro  #macrophotography  #pdx  #pacificnorthwest  #instanature  #mint 
Douglas aster, Symphyotrichum subspicatum - is a native perennial found populating gardens, vacant lots, wetlands, and a variety of other habitats. This aster species and its cultivars are robust (can be weedy) growers and a good addition to any urban garden here in the PNW. Pollinators and spiders love it. I could not (sadly) find any info on its edibility or potential medicinal properties. 
#Portland #Oregon #weeds #herbs #wildcrafting #edible #science #urbanecology #botany #humanhabitat #garden #biology  #nature #plants #flowers #flowerfordays #plantporn #natureporn #flowerstagram #portlandnature #biology #ecology #macro #macrophotography #pdx #pacificnorthwest #instanature #aster
Douglas aster, Symphyotrichum subspicatum - is a native perennial found populating gardens, vacant lots, wetlands, and a variety of other habitats. This aster species and its cultivars are robust (can be weedy) growers and a good addition to any urban garden here in the PNW. Pollinators and spiders love it. I could not (sadly) find any info on its edibility or potential medicinal properties. #Portland  #Oregon  #weeds  #herbs  #wildcrafting  #edible  #science  #urbanecology  #botany  #humanhabitat  #garden  #biology  #nature  #plants  #flowers  #flowerfordays  #plantporn  #natureporn  #flowerstagram  #portlandnature  #biology  #ecology  #macro  #macrophotography  #pdx  #pacificnorthwest  #instanature  #aster 
Common Yarrow, Achillea millefolium,  a perennial summer flowering herb has many varieties - domestic, introduced, and developed cultivars found growing throughout the world, making it's native/non-native status a bit difficult to pin down for a casual urban botanist. Yarrow has a long history of human cultivation and use - as it is a beautiful easy growing herb which is both edible and known to have many medicinal uses and properties. It is also used in agriculture for attracting pollinators and in pastures as a desirable forage for it's high mineral content.  #Portland #Oregon #weeds #herbs #wildcrafting #science #urbanecology #botany #humanhabitat #garden #biology  #nature #plants #flowers #flowerfordays #plantporn #flowerstagram #portlandnature #biology #ecology #macro #macrophotography #pdx #pacificnorthwest #pollenation #instanature #flowerofinstagram #yarrow
Common Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, a perennial summer flowering herb has many varieties - domestic, introduced, and developed cultivars found growing throughout the world, making it's native/non-native status a bit difficult to pin down for a casual urban botanist. Yarrow has a long history of human cultivation and use - as it is a beautiful easy growing herb which is both edible and known to have many medicinal uses and properties. It is also used in agriculture for attracting pollinators and in pastures as a desirable forage for it's high mineral content. #Portland  #Oregon  #weeds  #herbs  #wildcrafting  #science  #urbanecology  #botany  #humanhabitat  #garden  #biology  #nature  #plants  #flowers  #flowerfordays  #plantporn  #flowerstagram  #portlandnature  #biology  #ecology  #macro  #macrophotography  #pdx  #pacificnorthwest  #pollenation  #instanature  #flowerofinstagram  #yarrow 
Impatiens capensis, orange "touch me not" jewelweed, is an annual flowering herb native to North America. I found this specimen growing in the tidal wetlands of Whites Island in the Columbia River this week during our annual round of wetland monitoring. This species is also commonly found in wet pastures, ditches, and roadsides. The seed pods of this plant are really cool and explode when lightly touched- expelling seeds when seed pods are mature - which is where the species gets its "touch me not" name. Native Americans used this species to treat skin ailments such as poison ivy rash. The young shoots and leaves of this species are edible when thoroughly cooked.

#Portland #Oregon #weeds #herbs #wildcrafting #science #urbanecology #botany #humanhabitat #garden #biology  #nature #plants #flowers #flowerfordays #plantporn #natureporn #flowerstagram #portlandnature #biology #ecology #macro #macrophotography #pdx #pacificnorthwest #instanature
Impatiens capensis, orange "touch me not" jewelweed, is an annual flowering herb native to North America. I found this specimen growing in the tidal wetlands of Whites Island in the Columbia River this week during our annual round of wetland monitoring. This species is also commonly found in wet pastures, ditches, and roadsides. The seed pods of this plant are really cool and explode when lightly touched- expelling seeds when seed pods are mature - which is where the species gets its "touch me not" name. Native Americans used this species to treat skin ailments such as poison ivy rash. The young shoots and leaves of this species are edible when thoroughly cooked. #Portland  #Oregon  #weeds  #herbs  #wildcrafting  #science  #urbanecology  #botany  #humanhabitat  #garden  #biology  #nature  #plants  #flowers  #flowerfordays  #plantporn  #natureporn  #flowerstagram  #portlandnature  #biology  #ecology  #macro  #macrophotography  #pdx  #pacificnorthwest  #instanature 
White stonecrop flowers, Sedum album, is a perennial succulent herb native to northern temperate regions of the world. This species is a favorite for rock gardens and low maintenance ground cover. The leaves are edible raw or cooked, however given how tiny they are I am not sure it would be worth the effort :) These plants flower in July and August. I am not sure what species of Bee this is but if you know please chime in!

#Portland #Oregon #weeds #herbs #wildcrafting #science #urbanecology #botany #humanhabitat #garden #biology  #nature #plants #flowers #flowerfordays #plantporn #natureporn #flowerstagram #portlandnature #biology #ecology #macro #macrophotography #pdx #pacificnorthwest #instanature #pollinators #succulent #sedum
White stonecrop flowers, Sedum album, is a perennial succulent herb native to northern temperate regions of the world. This species is a favorite for rock gardens and low maintenance ground cover. The leaves are edible raw or cooked, however given how tiny they are I am not sure it would be worth the effort :) These plants flower in July and August. I am not sure what species of Bee this is but if you know please chime in! #Portland  #Oregon  #weeds  #herbs  #wildcrafting  #science  #urbanecology  #botany  #humanhabitat  #garden  #biology  #nature  #plants  #flowers  #flowerfordays  #plantporn  #natureporn  #flowerstagram  #portlandnature  #biology  #ecology  #macro  #macrophotography  #pdx  #pacificnorthwest  #instanature  #pollinators  #succulent  #sedum 
Butterfly bush and bee butt :) - Buddleja davidii 'Royal Red' cultivar - a shrub introduced from Eurasia as a popular ornamental in the 1950's. Escaping the bounds of the garden this species has become a very common urban shrub and a good food source to pollinators in the urban landscape. Commercial sale of this species is now banned in most states due to its invasive nature. 
#Portland #Oregon #weeds #herbs #wildcrafting #science #urbanecology #botany #humanhabitat #garden #biology  #nature #plants #flowers #flowerfordays #plantporn #natureporn #flowerstagram #portlandnature #biology #ecology #macro #macrophotography #pdx #pacificnorthwest #instanature #pollinators #butterflybush
Butterfly bush and bee butt :) - Buddleja davidii 'Royal Red' cultivar - a shrub introduced from Eurasia as a popular ornamental in the 1950's. Escaping the bounds of the garden this species has become a very common urban shrub and a good food source to pollinators in the urban landscape. Commercial sale of this species is now banned in most states due to its invasive nature. #Portland  #Oregon  #weeds  #herbs  #wildcrafting  #science  #urbanecology  #botany  #humanhabitat  #garden  #biology  #nature  #plants  #flowers  #flowerfordays  #plantporn  #natureporn  #flowerstagram  #portlandnature  #biology  #ecology  #macro  #macrophotography  #pdx  #pacificnorthwest  #instanature  #pollinators  #butterflybush 
This past week Scarlett turned 6.5 months old! I can't hardly believe it. In the first photo I have squeezed her into my favorite baby hat for the last time :) She is growing and learning (and grabbing) new things everyday - right now she has just learned to click her tougne! She is also showing her attitude and lets us know when she doesn't want play time to end <3 her current favorite food is oatmeal with apple and blueberry baby food. We had our 6 month check up yesterday and the Dr. said she is doing great! This was also our first week at daycare. It was a hard transition but by Thursday Scarlett was happily chatting with the other babies and giggling at the ladies in charge <3 postpartum wise I finally am feeling more like myself and although I still have a ways to go with the baby weight. So glad I am starting to feel more comfortable in my own skin again. I am sure the next 2 months of fulltime wetland surveying will help get me back in shape. :P <3 Some of these photos are from a family trip we took back east at the end of June.
This past week Scarlett turned 6.5 months old! I can't hardly believe it. In the first photo I have squeezed her into my favorite baby hat for the last time :) She is growing and learning (and grabbing) new things everyday - right now she has just learned to click her tougne! She is also showing her attitude and lets us know when she doesn't want play time to end <3 her current favorite food is oatmeal with apple and blueberry baby food. We had our 6 month check up yesterday and the Dr. said she is doing great! This was also our first week at daycare. It was a hard transition but by Thursday Scarlett was happily chatting with the other babies and giggling at the ladies in charge <3 postpartum wise I finally am feeling more like myself and although I still have a ways to go with the baby weight. So glad I am starting to feel more comfortable in my own skin again. I am sure the next 2 months of fulltime wetland surveying will help get me back in shape. :P <3 Some of these photos are from a family trip we took back east at the end of June.
Teasel flower head - Dipsacus fullonum (Dipsacus sylvestris), is a biennial flowering herb introduced from Eurasia. Teasel was introduced because of its dried flower head's usefulness as a comb for cleaning wool during the early era of textile production.Teasel also has a history of use as a garden ornamental, its dried flower heads being widely used in cut floral displays. Teasel is now considered a noxious weed and can be found throughout the United States growing in vacant lots and along roadsides. I found this Teasle plant (and many others) growing along the road at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge this week while visiting one of the wetland sites I monitor for work. Historically, a fusion made from the root was used to treat a myriad of medical issues.  #Portland #Oregon #weeds #herbs #wildcrafting #edible #science #urbanecology #botany #humanhabitat #garden #biology  #nature #plants #flowers #flowerfordays #plantporn #natureporn #flowerstagram #portlandnature #biology #ecology #macro #macrophotography #pdx #pacificnorthwest #instanature #teasel
Teasel flower head - Dipsacus fullonum (Dipsacus sylvestris), is a biennial flowering herb introduced from Eurasia. Teasel was introduced because of its dried flower head's usefulness as a comb for cleaning wool during the early era of textile production.Teasel also has a history of use as a garden ornamental, its dried flower heads being widely used in cut floral displays. Teasel is now considered a noxious weed and can be found throughout the United States growing in vacant lots and along roadsides. I found this Teasle plant (and many others) growing along the road at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge this week while visiting one of the wetland sites I monitor for work. Historically, a fusion made from the root was used to treat a myriad of medical issues. #Portland  #Oregon  #weeds  #herbs  #wildcrafting  #edible  #science  #urbanecology  #botany  #humanhabitat  #garden  #biology  #nature  #plants  #flowers  #flowerfordays  #plantporn  #natureporn  #flowerstagram  #portlandnature  #biology  #ecology  #macro  #macrophotography  #pdx  #pacificnorthwest  #instanature  #teasel