Jack’s Walk


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This is common self heal and it’s a small plant, not much taller than the grass and it usually grows in clumps. This poor fellow was all alone, and I probably would have missed it except Jack decided to poop beside it. Thanks buddy.


  1. says

    Very nice picture of a very small plant. I have them in garden, where I have to say I do not appreciate them much. They are a weed and a pain in the backside.

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    The plant looks quite alien even if it’s a common little plant. Here it’s called niittyhumala (meadow hop, even though it isn’t closely related to hop, the bitter spice used in beer (humala in Finnish).

  3. says

    Oh, it’s very pretty. Don’t have anything like this either. I’d rather have that then the bindweed all over.

  4. rq says

    It’s certainly pretty in the grass, I like it for the colour, but it seems its tendency to be a weed is balanced against its usefulness in herbal medicine (edible! bonus!). It’s called parastā brūngalvīte (‘common little brown head/top’) here, which… is a very imaginative name?

  5. jazzlet says

    I have learnt not to walk bare foot where it is growing in grass, bees love it, and don’t appreciate being trodden on.

  6. Nightjar says

    Beautiful close up, but for some reason it made me think of the broomrape currently infesting my garden. It is not that similar though, I must be traumatized. I’d take all the weeds in the world over that damn broomrape.

  7. Ice Swimmer says

    Somehow, I associate the end with the mouth a shai-hulud (the sandworm in Arrakis, in Dune).

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