Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Helenium amarum, a tough annual for tough growing sites

Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at 9:06 AM
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  • Growing up on a dairy farm, bitter weed, a major nemesis to sweet milk, had to be dealt with without compassion. Interestingly, if cows were taken off pasture with bitter weed by noon, the evening milking did not have the bitter taste coming from the weed.

    Perhaps it has medicinal value, but as far as I know it's a noxious weed that deserves no mercy. Then again, it's hard to outgrow ones roots, isn't it?

    -- Posted by dmcg on Fri, Jul 26, 2013, at 3:15 PM
  • I am nut sure if there is any beneficial use of this plant but it sure can ruin a batch of honey.

    -- Posted by Liveforlight on Fri, Jul 26, 2013, at 8:32 PM
  • I gather it gives the honey a bitter taste, or...?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jul 27, 2013, at 10:21 PM
  • Oh yes, the honey tastes like the weeds smell. Very bitter. I guess the bees don't mind, but it sure is good to me.

    -- Posted by Liveforlight on Sun, Jul 28, 2013, at 1:55 PM
  • That should be isn't good.

    -- Posted by Liveforlight on Sun, Jul 28, 2013, at 1:56 PM
  • I kind of figured what you meant the first time, but it did make me wonder for a minute. :-)

    What a shame. Maybe that is why I do not see this plant around much. That would have been good tip to add for that link I gave.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jul 28, 2013, at 9:41 PM
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