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Agave

Century Plant

These great succulents grow in a rosette with very sharply pointed leaves. This is what tequila is made of. From this plant such things as soup, rope, and food are made from the fibers.

The plants may send up a fall flower spike every year, and yet some only bloom every 30 - 40 years. Those unlucky varieties will die after they bloom, but new "suckers" will develop at the base. (more)

Frog in Elephant Ear Bloom

Elephant Ear

Colocasia as well as its close relative, Alocacia, is a tuberous bulb plant growing from 3 - 5 feet. Generally they are grown outside in semi-tropical and tropical areas. They can be grown in northern areas but must be dug up for the winter months. This is a very showy, back border plant. They perform best in shade and must have good drainage. (more)

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

There is nothing inherently toxic about poison ivy, or its very close relatives poison oak and poison sumac. Birds eat the berries of the poison ivy. Wildlife and livestock can easily eat the leaves of the plant. It is the human race that cannot tolerate its oil. Once in contact with the skin, urushiol will get into the sublayers of our skin and our misery begins. (more)

Queen Anne's Lace

 

Queen Anne's Lace
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Sweet Golden Rod Emily: Is ragweed the same as goldenrod?

Dear Emily: In Minnesota we have identified an allergy to rag weed. Is that the same plant as golden rod??

A: No.

Common ragweed is Ambrosia artemisiifolia or some other species of Ambrosia (the daisy or aster family, ASTERACEAE). This is the cause of much allergy and hay fever.

Goldenrod has a much more pronounced yellow flower (see photo) and could be any number of species of Solidago. (Also in the daisy or aster family, though).