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Bellis perennis

Daisy – Pâquerette Here in Provence the first Daisies have come up.  They stay more or less all through the winter till spring.  The flower is made up of white ray florets and yellow disc flowers.  Each little yellow bit … Continue reading

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Alliaria petiolata

Jack-by-the Hedge – Alliaire officinale Jack-by-the-Hedge is a common herb found throughout Europe.  It is a biennial.  The first year it produces a rosette of leaves, the second year it flowers.  The leaves are triangular to heart-shaped with serrated edges. … Continue reading

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Thlaspi perfolatium

Clasp leaf Pennycress – Tabouret perfolié At the moment, this little plant (10-20 cm tall) is in full bloom.  It is easy to recognise because of its leaves.  You might mistake them at first glance for ‘Shepard’s Purse’, because of … Continue reading

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Reichardia picroïdes

Common Brighteyes – Picridie vulgaire La coustelline, the Provençal name for  this little plant, is the ‘queen’ of the wild salad greens.   It is a Mediterranean plant that seems to grow on any type of soil  whether it is … Continue reading

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Scandix pecten-veneris

Shepard’s Needle  – Peigne de Vénus/Aiguilette  When we came across this plant, our first thought was ‘young fennel’, till we looked again and realised that although the leaves are 2-3 pinnate, they differ from fennel, they look more like carrot … Continue reading

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Allium

The Allium family is a rather large family.  Some of them we use almost daily.   Allium cepa (onion) and Allium sativum (garlic) are no longer found in the wild.  The herb,  Allium schoenoprasum (Chives) can be found in the wild, but … Continue reading

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Taraxacum officinale

Dandelion – Pissenlit Traditionally Dandelion and Nettles are the two herbs used in spring to give our internal system a boost, following the winter period when one tends to have eaten heavier food .   In folk medicine a lot … Continue reading

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Umbilicus rupestris

Navelwort – Nombril de Vénus                 Umbilicus rupestris  is a native of the Mediterranean region where it grows all year round.   It is a herb with a long history.   Navelwort is described … Continue reading

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