Saturday, November 22, 2014


Collinsonia canadensis
Richweed, also known as Horse Balm and a bunch of other names, is a plant of rich woods. It can be quite common. The flower looks very cool up close. The lower flower lip is long and fringed at the tip.

This plant smells good. Take a flower and smoosh it a bit and smell it, it's very lemony. Take a leaf and crush it up, it smells like citronella.

According to Wikipedia this plant was discovered by Peter Collinson, an English botanist. It also says that the Native Americans used it as a medicinal. I guess the Native Americans don't count when it comes to discovering things, sort of how Christopher Columbus "discovered" America.

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