Michigan Backyard Paradise



Pennslyvania Pellitory

Pennsylvania Pellitory Parietaria pensylvanica

This is an annual, native to the U.S. in the nettle family.



Smartweed

Pennsylvania Smartweed Polygonum Pensylvanicum

Smartweed, in the buckweat family, is native to the northeast. It adapts to many kinds of soils and environments, growing as high as three feet. Many farmers consider it a noxious weed because it takes root in many plowed fields, hindering crop production. The Native Americans used the plant as a tea for medicinal uses. Many birds and insects are attracted to the seeds and nectar they get from the flowers.



periwinkle

Periwinkle/Myrtle Vinca Minor

Myrtle is native to central and southern Europe. The leaves are evergreen, often planted as a ground cover. Small blue flowers come out in the spring and spreads through underground runners throughout the summer. It prefers shade to partial shade. As a garden escapee, it can often be found on roadsides.



poison ivy

Poison Ivy Toxicodendron Radicans

Poison Ivy is native to the U.S. and has a wide distribution that goes from Mexico to Canada. It is related to the cashew family. Urushiol is what causes many people to react in the form of a rash. Many birds love to eat the berries and do not get affected by the oil.



pokeweed

Pokeweed Scientific Name

info to come.



Purple Cone Flower

Purple Cone Flower Echinacea Purpurea

Native to the Midwest, purple coneflower is a widely cultivated plant. It is often used for making tea, which is said to boost the immune system.



purple loostrife
Photo by Ron Schott

Purple Loostrife Lythrum Salicaria

Considered a noxious weed, it is native to Europe, Asia, Northwest Africa and parts of Australia. It is expensive and time consuming to remove. The flowers spread by rhizomes and seeds that are dispersed into the air.

  © 2010 Michigan Backyard Paradise


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z