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Weed Walk with Susun Weed: Plants of fields and roadsides



Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)
There are many varieties of blue-eyed grass, and I have not pinpointed exactly which species grow/s in my meadow. This tiny member of the iris family always lifts my heart. Is she smiling at you too? I don’t eat or use blue-eyed grass as it is scarce.


sweet clover


Sweet Clover (Melilotus officinalis)
This common roadside weed has a fascinating history and lots of interesting uses. Sappho compares a lover (favorably) to the honey flower (meli = honey, lotus = flower), yes, the very same melilotus. Colonial house wives used the root as a substitute for scarce vanilla. Like the galliums, melilotus contains the blood-thinning compound comarin and may interact unfavorably with blood-thinning drugs such as coumadin. I put the flowers in my salads, in moderation, and make a sweet smelling massage oil from them too.


red clover


Red clover (Trifolium pratense)
One of my favorite herbs, and now is the time to pick it. (Check out my YouTube for specifics of harvesting and drying red clover since it is high-protein and needs special care.) As you can see, red clover is not red, but a dark purply-pink. The blossoms and leaves are an excellent source of short-path phytoestrogens that can counter, prevent, and sometimes even cure cancers, especially those of the breasts and reproductive system. I rely on red clover infusion as part of my anti-cancer lifestyle. It is also an ally to the lungs and a potent increaser of fertility.