Word of the Week: Wort

wort [ wawrt ] noun: a plant, particularly an herbaceous plant; a medicinal plant

 

While the word wort has another meaning in the world of beverage brewing, in botany it survives mostly in the names of herbivorous plants—and a wide variety of them—that historically had traditional medicinal uses, such as St. John’s wort, lungwort , liverwort, lousewort, pilewort, or woundwort. Because it comes from Middle English, ultimately derived from Old English wyrt, meaning branch or root, it is attached to many plants that are not native to the United States. Nevertheless as botanists explored America, they found some plants that are native and yet are of the same species as non-native plants whose common name includes the word wort. And in the early days of our country’s exploration and settlement, traditional medicine was often the only option for treating illness or injury.

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SHRUB: Cephalanthus occidentalis (Buttonbush)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

The sweet-scented, pincushion-like, white globes of Buttonbush are familiar to those who spend time fishing or lounging along a river or pond. This wide-spread native* shrub, a favorite of wildlife, is so common it is often overlooked.

*It is mostly frequent-to-common throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region except in some of the northern counties of PA.

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Weed Watch: Was that 4-foot plant (Erechtites hieraciifolius) growing in my garden yesterday?

Written By Mary Free, Extension Master Gardener

Summer is waning or fall just beginning and our gardens are awash in the bright and muted colors of asters, goldenrods, lobelias, pink muhly, sages, turtleheads, and zinnias, and with due diligence, relatively free of creeping weeds. But then you return home from a weekend getaway and find some stout, green, budded stems of notable height rising above the flowers in your perennial bed or butterfly garden.

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Word of the Week: Nutlet

nutlet [ nuht-lit ] noun: a small nut, thick-walled achene, or stone of a drupe; one-seeded portion of the fruit of some members of the Boraginaceae, Lamiaceae, or Verbenaceae

 

A bird has probably pecked at these Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush) fruits, which have persisted into January, exposing some of the cone-shaped “nutlets.”
Photo © Mary Free

You would probably not be surprised to hear that a nutlet is a small nut, but it also describes the part of the fruit of  certain members of the Boraginaceae (borage family), Lamiaceae (formerly Labiatae, mint or sage family), or Verbenaceae (verbena or vervain family) and, according to some sources, the fruit of native Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush).
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Glencarlyn Library Community Garden AutumnFest

Glencarlyn Autumnfest Logo 2018Sunday, September 26, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Rain or Shine!

Come to the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden AutumnFest for a lively celebration of Fall! There will be three mini-workshops on gardening.

  • At 11:00 am, “Climate Conscious Gardening” will offer ideas for earth-friendly gardening practices.
  • At 12:00 noon head over to the historic Colonial Ball-Sellers House across the street from the library to learn about the selection, placement and uses of plants in “Colonial Gardens.”
  • Need a refresher on how to sharpen and care for your garden tools? At 1:00 pm, “Tool Time” will provide answers.

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