Western trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa) is native to British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Northern California, mostly west of the Cascades. It is also found in Idaho and Montana with isolated communities in Utah and Arizona. Western trumpet honeysuckle ecology is … Continue reading
Yerba de selva means “herb of the forest” in Spanish and is an appropriate common name for a plant that prefers shaded places in the forested Coast Ranges from Monterey California to Washington State. A native perennial, yerba de selva … Continue reading
Bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) is a perennial introduced to much of temperate North America from Eurasia and Northern Africa. This invasive weed is found in moist waste places, thickets, roadsides, open forests and clearings. A member of the Nightshade Family … Continue reading
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Fringed twinevine (Funastrum cynanchoides) was previously included in the Milkweed Family but is now considered a member of the Dogbane Family (Apocynaceae). Funastrum cynanchoides currently has a confused taxonomy with some researchers believing it should be separated into two subspecies … Continue reading
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There are over 500 species worldwide in the “pipevine” family. These plants contain aristolochic acid and are highly toxic, particularly to kidneys. In addition pipevines are carcinogenic. Nevertheless, pipevines have been utilized as medicinal plants since the time of the … Continue reading