Mystery plant identified!! Just a short one here today, but I wanted to pen (OK, type, same thing) that I've been finding this plant in most of my pots. I'm sure the seeds came from the compost and unlike most people, I welcomed her and was most curious as to find out what her name was.
I had to ask what her name was on the FB group Plant Identification. Their sole purpose is to help you to identify a plant, wherever you are in the world. Highly, highly recommend them :)
Parietaria pensylvanica or Pennsylvania Pellitory is her name!
The reason I couldn't find out her name, despite rifling through my foraging books, is that she is often not mentioned. Indeed, even when told her name, I had a bit of a hard time finding some information on her. Good thing there is the website eattheweeds.com and Green Deane was sure to have some information about her.
By the way, that "her" is really Pellitory of the Wall, or parietaria officinalis. The Pennsylvania variety just happens to be the one in my area and I believe there is also a Florida variety.
In any case, she can cause allergies and itching in some people, especially if you are sensitive to pollen and ragweed. I'm not, and it was interesting that she told me she was edible and I've been cooking her up with my other wild greens, then pureeing and eating her as pesto.
I know, I don't always follow that "head knowledge" 100% identification rule. Why in heck not, you ask? Because there is also a language of the heart. And there is such a thing as communication with plants. Sometimes that communication involves words/language, often times it doesn't. You might call it a heart-to-heart meeting or a being-to-being encounter. Receptivity and openness to experience are key aspects. And, of course, having a deep respect for our plant teachers does wonders too :)
Pellitory is in the same family as Nettle, yahoo! And just like Stinging Nettle, she's another excellent cooling, diuretic plant. In fact, she's been known as an excellent diuretic for thousands of years. That means she's good for edema/water retention and cystitis. Externally, her crushed leaves can be used to help with cellulite, burns and wounds, as she's also a vulnerary. WOW, which I had known about her amazing abilities!! She didn't tell me all that, that cheeky modest one ;)
Now the only sad news is that I've gone and plucked out most of Pellitory plants :( Might be 1 or 2 still hovering around...
Now on to the great hunt to find out where else she is growing!!
I love meeting new friends, sitting with them and delighting in their uniqueness, and discovering their super-cool health/medicinal/culinary benefits too.
Well, onto another adventure, m'dear sunshine, cuz the weather looks just right for foraging and having mystical encounters. Stay bright now, y'hear :)
Ps. Great vid about her by Green Deane here :)
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