Anyone up for some fun?

silversword(9A)May 20, 2009

Let's do a guessing game! Twenty questions, anyone? The first person will pick an herb, describe it and what it is used for, and everyone will try to guess. The one who gets it right gets to pick one of their own...

I'll start:

I'm one of the top ten most popular perennials grown in the US. I am recognized by my beautiful flowers. You can use my roots, leaves, stems, and flowers for herbalism and I am used to stimulate the immune system and fight bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microbes. Most commonly I am used to reduce the symptoms of colds and flu.

Who am I?

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apollog

Echinacea?

    Bookmark   May 20, 2009 at 5:47PM
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rusty_blackhaw(6a)

Durn, my echinacea never converse when I'm around.

Here's a favorite herb with mystical properties - it contains complex alkaloids, has been used in ancient times as an anesthetic, and reportedly was mixed into wine by the Carthaginians to render invading Roman troops unconscious. And speaking of talking herbs, this one is said to shriek when you pull it up by the roots*.

Guesses?

*It's not a good idea to do this (legend has it that you'll be sorry).size>

    Bookmark   May 21, 2009 at 12:12AM
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eibren(z6PA)

Mandrake?

    Bookmark   May 21, 2009 at 12:58AM
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eibren(z6PA)

I'm covered with short white hairs and my name suggests that I am covered with frost. I am so bitter that the favorite way to use me is in sugar lozenges, which one can still buy at Cracker Barrel. I am good for bronchial conditions.

What am I?

    Bookmark   May 21, 2009 at 1:02AM
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herbalbetty

Horehound

    Bookmark   May 21, 2009 at 7:28AM
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rusty_blackhaw(6a)

Yes, I was referring to mandrake. (I had considered using as a clue the Peter Sellers character in the movie "Dr. Strangelove" - is at left in this photo). :)

    Bookmark   May 21, 2009 at 9:42AM
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novice_2009(zone 6b)

This is fun! herbalbetty it's your turn! I'd like to if you don't, as I guessed right on two,lol. Your's was very interesting eric.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2009 at 12:20PM
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goshen(6)

I am a very large North American tree. My bark is used for colds. My leaves can be poisonous to livestock.
Who am I?

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 6:34PM
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herbalbetty

I'm one of the earliest plants to emerge in spring. I am capable of thermogenesis. I was part of the American Pharmacopea and was used for relief of spasms. At one time, I was used as a contraceptive.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 6:46AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

goshen - Wild Black Cherry

herbalbetty - themogenesis can only mean skunk cabbage!

Here's another....

I'm a broad-leaf plant found in people's lawns. I'm not native to North America. I came to North America with the Europeans and seemed to spread westward with them. So much so that the Native Americans called me "White man's footprint." I am also called "Nature's Band-Aide" because a mashed or chewed poultice of me soothes insect bites and scrapes. Who am I?

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 8:22AM
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silversword(9A)

Oh oh, I think I know this one Fata! Are you Plantain?

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 11:48AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

You got it!:)

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 11:41AM
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silversword(9A)

I come in many many varieties, some edible, some just beautiful.

I'm good for morning sickness, and am very delicious pickled. You can make me into a tea, cook with me, or appreciate my beautiful flowers and foliage. Some of my flowers are edible and I come in all colors.

Other benefits include:

It promotes energy circulation and increases the metabolic rate. Naturopathic medicine uses it for heart and artery renewal and hypertension. It protects the lungs and the colon. Its healing qualities can transform, reduce, or expel phlegm in the lungs. Cold-type asthma (white, clear, foamy discharge, with cold extremities and pale complexion) is alleviated by the addition of this to your diet. It stimulates circulation and is useful for arthritic and rheumatic disorders, especially for muscle complaints due to age; the oil should be massaged into affected parts.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 12:16PM
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mikect05

~~~~Ginger~~~~ :0)

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 7:25PM
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mikect05

I am believed to bring wisdom, joy and delight. Hippocrates called me his medicine chest. You can make wine from me or if you like liqueur. I grow as small trees or shrubs, but don't cut me down unless you sing a special chant.
I am a strong antioxidant, and anti-viral and have been shown to inhibit the flu.
Who am I?

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 8:21PM
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herbalbetty

Elderberry!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2009 at 6:47AM
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novice_2009(zone 6b)

The Europeans use to plant me along pathways to their door and Native Americans hung me in bunches above doorways to ward off witches and evil....
my medicinal uses can be traced back to early Greece....
Also used in past externally as anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic...
possible tx for alcoholism....
i can cause photosensitivity, lethargy.......
i was one of those widely popular herbs of the minute for awhile..........
i have yellow flowers used for dyes...
am named according to flowering time and harvest.....
who am I?

    Bookmark   May 28, 2009 at 12:55PM
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silversword(9A)

I'm stumped Novice!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2009 at 2:37PM
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herbalbetty

Novice, if you added that my yellow flowers stain your hands red, perhaps silversword would get it...

    Bookmark   May 28, 2009 at 10:27PM
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silversword(9A)

Herbalbetty, I have no clue what herb Novice is talking about... share it if you know!! I'm intrigued!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2009 at 2:38PM
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herbalbetty

St. John's wort

    Bookmark   May 29, 2009 at 4:03PM
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novice_2009(zone 6b)

thanks herbal betty, i was trying to keep an obvious herb from being too obvious.lol. maybe i'm not good at this game.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 5:38PM
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herbalbetty

Novice, I think you are excellent at this game! C'mon, do another herb.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2009 at 5:37AM
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novice_2009(zone 6b)

This is fun! Can we keep it going?
Even though it's herbalbetty's turn...
Here's another:
I have purple blooms and serrated leaf edges, you can find me in the wild growing close to a poisonous plant (as the antidote)
usually used fresh by chewing blooms and flowers, and applying the mixture of plant and saliva
astrigent for bites, stings, rashes
used to tx burns and scar tissue
NEVER use me externally for more than five minutes at a time
a nervine, you can use me in a tea or pillow sachet
also good as bath tea for relaxation and sore muscles
simmer me in a pot to calm hyperactive children
in colonial times, I was used to tx STDs
male elks will roll in a patch to attract a mate
I am a member of the mint family
medicinally, this wild SPECIES is considered superior to the species found growing in gardens..........
considered a cure-all by the Muskogee

    Bookmark   July 1, 2009 at 11:35AM
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silversword(9A)

Nettle?

    Bookmark   July 1, 2009 at 11:43AM
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novice_2009(zone 6b)

No, think flowers...purple , but another flowers red....
the common name for garden plant includes an insect name, as it's flowers attract it....
frequently seen along roadsides in eastern US and Canada...

    Bookmark   July 2, 2009 at 7:51PM
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andy_sa(South Australia)

Jewelweed?

    Bookmark   July 3, 2009 at 7:30PM
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novice_2009(zone 6b)

nope.
native plant of Ohio, currently their garden plant of the month....
i recently bought a rose-scented species to make tea, since I lost my rose bush to black spot....
all species attract butterflies and bees....
this SPECIES i grow for medicinal purposes

    Bookmark   July 3, 2009 at 10:19PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

The clues were good. I'm surprised no one has guessed it. Here's another clue that should get everyone calling up google maps....

One of its other common names includes the name of a city located on the shores of Lake Ontario which is also a county name in New York State.

(novice_2009, I got the right one, don't I? :)

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 9:04AM
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andy_sa(South Australia)

OK, my knowledge of North American herbs is scanty, and my geography of that pert of the world's even worse, but going on the last clues, are we talking about bergamot? (Oswego Tea?)

    Bookmark   July 5, 2009 at 6:48PM
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havensnest

Skullcap?

    Bookmark   July 5, 2009 at 11:42PM
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rusty_blackhaw(6a)

Oswego marching through Georgia?

    Bookmark   July 6, 2009 at 2:57PM
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goshen(6)

I'm an American plant growing in most of eastern US. I am a bush or small tree. I have yellow flowers blooming in the fall.
My bark and leaves are used for an astringent, for insect bites,skin irrations and poison ivy.
What am I?

    Bookmark   July 8, 2009 at 5:41PM
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novice_2009(zone 6b)

Wild Bergamont, aka- sweet leaf, bee balm
This is Monarda fistula, not didyma
Fatamorgana and andy were right on

    Bookmark   July 9, 2009 at 7:16PM
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novice_2009(zone 6b)

is that jewelweed, goshen?

    Bookmark   July 9, 2009 at 7:31PM
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andy_sa(South Australia)

OK,here's an easy one in riddle:

A flash of the lion's teeth
May make you wet the bed,
But allay the effects of ale
When root wins over bean.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2009 at 7:30PM
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novice_2009(zone 6b)

Dandelion?

    Bookmark   July 11, 2009 at 2:08PM
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andy_sa(South Australia)

In one!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 3:28AM
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herbalbetty

Goshen is talking about witch hazel.

Okay, here's one:

I'm sometimes known as Bible leaf, as smelling my leaf was said to revive many a weary church-goer during lengthy sermons. Another of my folk names refer to my use in brewing. I can grow 3-4 ft and am best propagated by division.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2009 at 7:29AM
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andy_sa(South Australia)

Costmary?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2009 at 8:55AM
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herbalbetty

You are correct!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2009 at 2:52PM
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goshen(6)

herbalbetty got it. Sorry i was so slow answering. Don't come here much anymore.
Here,s a hard one.
I grow in Siberia.
Russian cosmonauts and olympic athletes use me on a regular basis for stamina. Also used for depression and to help boost immune systems.
I've been featured in major science periodicals. Northern Canada is trying to grow me as is N Carolina. I can now be bought in USA sometimes.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2009 at 7:46PM
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herbalbetty

Goshen, I don't know whether it is Eleuthero (Siberian ginseng) or Roseroot (Rhodiola) that you are talking about. Both fit the bill for Siberia and the actions you are discussing. Don't know about the Canada and N. Carolina growing though. Time to look it up!

    Bookmark   July 15, 2009 at 7:44AM
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annabelle13(7b VA)

If it is ginseng, don't forget about Wisconsin.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2009 at 7:28PM
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goshen(6)

Its rosea rhodeola, Herbalbetty was right. It's being tried grown experimentally in both northern Canada and the Carolinas according to Science News.
Russia does not want to share. LOL

    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 1:22AM
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herbalbetty

I grow both Eleuthero and Rhodiola. They are both interesting plants. Eleuthero is quite a shrub. Rhodiola is a low growing plant that looks very alien-like. In the early spring, it's an ugly blob with little nubbins on it. Then, it sends out growth from the nubbins and becomes a pretty plant.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 7:05AM
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apollog

>> Its rosea rhodeola, Herbalbetty was right. It's being tried grown experimentally in both northern Canada and the Carolinas according to Science News.

Yup. One brand I bought is grown in Canada. Relatives in Scandinavia grew it (or a related plant from that genus) as an ornamental -- they had no idea it might be good for anything other than looking pretty. And they didn't want me to dig it up to smell the roots. :)

    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 5:22PM
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