August Flowers

White and yellow colors predominate our flowers in August around Michigan.

The glorious sunflower, a native American plant … besides it’s beauty, the sunflower has many practical uses: sunflower oil is used in salad dressings and for cooking, the fiber from the stem can be used in fabric and paper, a drink made from the sunflower head can be used for respiratory ailments, the stems can be used for fuel, and the seeds for eating. SOURCE

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In addition to the sunflower, there are many other wildflowers gracing our roadsides.

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Queen Anne’s Lace is a fragile looking flower – appearing like snowflakes in mid-summer.  They make a lovely Christmas Tree decoration when they are pressed between pages of a book and dried – simply hang them by a thread.

Queen Anne’s Lace is also known as Wild Carrot but has a white tap root. The seed oils have been used medicinally for intestinal issues. SOURCE And the Roman’s ate it as a vegetable and the leaves have been mixed with honey to help heal wounds.  SOURCE

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Sow thistle above are another edible wildflower. The leaves and flowers can be used in salads like the dandelion but sow thistle is less bitter. SOURCE

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Jewelweed (below) is often found growing near poison ivy and crushed jewelweed has been used as a salve to treat poison ivy rash and other skin ailments. SOURCE The seeds in the ripe seedpod can be eaten and have walnut like flavor. SOURCE

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The lone blue flower below is chicory. There’s nothing else around that looks like chicory. The leaves can be used for salad in the early spring and the root can be toasted dry and then ground to make coffee. Boiling the plant (roots, leaves, flower) creates a skin wash for athlete’s foot and other skin irritations. SOURCE

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I’m enjoying our summer flowers and I hope you are too!

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