Monday, October 15, 2012
Wildflower Hunting and I Wonder About the Benefits of Iresine diffusa
It's Fall in Florida now and the wild plants have my attention. It can be overwhelming trying to learn the names of many at a time, so I'm focusing on the ones that catch my attention as I go. And what better way of attracting attention than being in bloom?
If my identification skills haven't failed me (thanks to Google, but if I'm wrong, please let me know and I stand corrected!), this is the plant called Juba's bush, or Bloodleaf...Iresine diffusa. I found one site online that cited medicinal uses in Jamaica, but it was nonspecific about the parts used and how to use them. So I'll be on a hunt for more information. If you know this plant, please help educate me!
The delicate blooms are what catches the eye at first glance. I believe these get to about 3 feet in height, if the roadside ones are any indication. They look delicate and creamy, and dance in the wind. Again, I can find little to nothing about these plants, so if you know them, help! :-D
My hunch is that a lot of wild medicinals flourish in areas in which their properites are not only best suited to thrive, but to promote healing of illnesses specific to that particular locale and climate. Goldenrod is in bloom right now as well, and it is good for many allergy-related issues and kidney support. I wonder if this one has any similar uses and energetics?
What's blooming in your wild places?