High Desert Flowering Weeds

Today has been such a wonderful day and each one of us are very happy!
My husband finally got to work on his car accomplishing so much and discovering so much too. It is my Son’s turn to take the Webkinz home, so he was happy to feed and entertain it. My daughter is simply happy to be able to help everyone. I got to garden and weed! I figure, if some of the weeds are starting to flower, then it means trouble as they tend to be self-seeding. I weeded around my flower beds, trees, sitting areas and fairy garden.

Here in the High Desert and in many other places, Corn and Field Gromwell are common weeds found along roadsides and in fields. Both weeds are annual with several stems branching from the base. Their tiny white flowers develop in the leaf axils, bunching together while at the bud stage and in bloom. The most significant difference between both are the hairy leaves of Corn Gromwell on both surfaces. These field weeds are invasive, self-seeding and grow anywhere, in any type of soil.

Corn Gromwell in Bloom.

Corn Gromwell in Bloom.

Field Gromwell in Bloom.

Field Gromwell in Bloom.

Neatostema Apulum (Yellow Gromwell) is believed to be a rare species facing extinction.

Neatostema Apulum (Yellow Gromwell).

Neatostema Apulum (Yellow Gromwell).

Pineappleweed is an annual self-seeding with flowers exuding a pineapple aroma when crushed. The plants are edible and have been used for medicinal purposes, including for relief of gastrointestinal upset, infected sores, fevers, and postpartum anemia. Click here for more information.

Pineappleweed (Matricaria Discoidea).

Pineappleweed (Matricaria Discoidea).

Herb Robert is considered a Noxious Weed and grows as ground cover. It blooms profusely from late Winter to July, after which it dies back from extreme Summer heat. The plant is highly invasive, self-seeding and fast growing. The plant will thrive pretty much anywhere, in any type of soil and under most conditions.
Click here or here to read more about the plant (uses and side effects).

According to Wikipedia, Herb Robert was used as a remedy for toothache and nosebleeds in traditional herbalism. When freshly picked leaves are rubbed on the body the smell is said to repel mosquitoes. The active ingredients are tannins, a bitter compound called geraniin, and essential oils. It was carried to attract good luck, and due to its analogical association with storks, to enhance fertility.

Herb Robert in bloom.

Herb Robert in bloom.

Filaree is a genus of flowering plants with five-petalled flowers in shades of white, pink and purple. It is also a low-growing and common winter annual that strongly resemble Herb Robert.

Filaree.

Filaree.

Lotus Strigosus, also known as Strigose Bird’s-foot Trefoil is a low-growing annual often found in sandy soils. The leaves are green, lightly covered in woolly hairs and the tiny yellow flowers are pea-like.

I wouldn’t have noticed how beautiful this little plant is until my Daughter pointed it out to me (and I promised to transplant one in a pot just for her). As far as I was concerned, it was just a nuisance I had to rid my yard of. I have never let the plants grow past the height on the picture, so I can’t comment much on it. But what I know for sure is that they make great ground cover as it is a creeping perennial.

Lotus Corniculatus in bloom.

Lotus Strigosus in bloom.

Tropidocarpum Gracile, also known as Dobie Pod is an annual forb native to California and Mexico. The plant is often found on grassland, sandy areas, beaches, woodland, valleys and the Mojave Desert. The flower is yellow with separable petals. The dry slender keel fruit splits open when ripe releasing tiny brown seeds.

Dobie-pod in Bloom.

Dobie Pod in Bloom.

Redroot Pigweed is an erect annual herb that germinates from seeds each year, which are produce from late Summer through Fall and germinate from  Spring through Summer.

According to Wikipedia, he plant is eaten as a vegetable in different places of the world. Though no species of genus Amaranthus is known to be poisonous, the leaves however, contain oxalic acid and may contain nitrates if grown in nitrate-rich soils, so the water should be discarded after boiling.

Redroot Pigweed Seedling.

Redroot Pigweed Seedling.

Purslane is considered as an edible plant and as a weed.

Purslane Plant.

Purslane Plant.

The most dangerous of all is the Tribulus Terrestris also known as Puncture Vine and Tackweed. I know I have a bunch of those around my backyard. Once left to dry out on a field, the nutlets or seeds of this plant can cause serious injuries. The thumbtack-like hard seeds bear sharp spines sharp enough to puncture bicycle tires, lawn mower tires as well as painful injury to bare feet. A couple of years ago, I lost all three of my Tricycle tubes from riding in the backyard.
Tribulus Terrestris is claimed to raise Men Libido. Read the complete article here.

Tribulus Terrestris.

Tribulus Terrestris Leaves and Flowers.

Tribulus Terrestris Seedpods.

Tribulus Terrestris Seedpods.

I also found a Lomatium. It is a genus of about 75 species of perennial herbs native to western North America.  Many species, including the one below have fern-like leaves with clusters of the tiny yellow-green flowers.

Yellow Lomatium.

Yellow Lomatium.

Bajada Lupine, is a hairy erect or decumbent annual herb. The plant blooms from March to May with tiny petals which vary from pink to purple. The plant can be found on grassland, sandy areas and desert areas.

Bajada Lupine.

Bajada Lupine (Lupinus Concinnus).

Contorted Suncup also known as Sandysoil Suncup is a slender hairy stemmed annual herb found on grassland, sandy areas as well as the Mojave Desert.

Contorted Suncup.

Contorted Suncup.

Chamaesyce Polycarpa, also know as Smallseed Sandmat is a species of Spurge. It is a perennial herb native to  the southwestern United States and northern Mexico which can be found in the deserts and sandy areas.

Smallseed Sandmat (Chamaesyce Polycarpa).

Smallseed Sandmat (Chamaesyce Polycarpa).

Woolly Desert Plant.

Woolly Desert Plant.

Creeping Woodsorrel is a low-growing, spreading herbaceous plant with a narrow, creeping stem that readily roots at the nodes. The trifoliate leaves are subdivided into three rounded leaflets and resemble a clover in shape. The five yellow petals flowers are present almost year-round. The fruit is a narrow, green cylindrical capsule similar to pods. Click here for more information.

According to Wikipedia, the leaves of wood sorrel are quite edible, with a tangy taste of lemons. A drink can be made by infusing the leaves in hot water for about 10 minutes, sweetening and then chilling. The entire plant is rich in vitamin C. Any wood sorrel is safe in low dosages, but if eaten in large quantities over a length of time can inhibit calcium absorption by the body.

Creeping Woodsorrel (Purple leafed).

Creeping Woodsorrel (Purple leafed).

This year I have noticed the presence of an unknown weed, similar to Bog Moss also known as Mayaca Fluviatilis.

(Unknown) Weed similar to Moss.

(Unknown) Weed similar to Moss.

London Rocket (Sisymbrium Irio).

London Rocket (Sisymbrium Irio).

The unknown weed below bears similarities to Sickle-leaved Golden Aster with its slender, curved leaves and golden yellow flowers.

Unknown Weed.

Unknown Weed.

Unknown Weed.

Young Tumbleweed.

Unfortunately for those of us living in the High Desert there’s no way to completely eradicate weeds as the seeds remain viable for so many years. The best way to rid the weeds from the yard is to pull them out as soon as we see them and before they begin seeding. Click here to read about Our Half-acre Weeding Tips.

Happy Gardening and Weeding!



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