Some of today's pictures were taken at home and others on the Vestal Rail Trail.
Before I dig in, the usual warning: be careful if you decide to pick/eat any wild plant. Use a guide, or better yet, be taught by an expert who knows what he/she is doing. The life you save could be your own.
The first plant could be (in a way) considered a wildflower - since right now it is in flower. But pokeweed is known more for its leaves, edible in the early spring. The mature leaves, and the berries these flowers will develop, are quite poisonous.
Many people associate pokeweed with the south, but I've seen it in various places here in Upstate NY. It just doesn't grow as big as it does in Arkansas, where I made its acquaintance.
This plant is growing in a place in my front yard where it gets a lot of shade. It's grown there for several years. We end up pulling it up (there isn't enough to harvest for greens) each year and somehow it keeps coming up.
The leaves, by the way-I've eaten them and they are pretty good. But they are a lot of trouble to prepare. In Arkansas, some people would pick them and sell huge bags: which would cook down to almost nothing.
There are also some medicinal uses given for this plant - I certainly would not try to do this myself.
are quite an interesting plant. I finally got a picture showing their beautiful blue. They are both edible and medicinal, although I'm not sure how truly edible the wild variety is. I've never tried to find out.
Last but not least is this huge wildflower plant, the Common Mullein.
This plant is medicinal, although (again) I have never used it for this purpose.
Next week: upstate NY starts to drift towards fall, even as we celebrate summer.