Butterweed

April 30, 2014  •  1 Comment

Pretty to look at.

But "Butterweed" (cress-leaf grounsel) is toxic to animals and humans. And it retains its toxicity even when dried, and can be poisonous to cattle when mixed in with baled hay. I didn't know all that until we tried to identify this flower that was in large patches along the Natchez Trace. Plant identification is tricky, and requires more than the bloom; leaves and stalks are helpful as well to determine which wild flower this specimen could be, as well as the time of bloom, and its environment.

Similar plants were used for herbal remedies. But one wouldn't want to confuse them.


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Eugene Baldwin(non-registered)
So many things in life are pretty and poisonous.
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