Evil Buckthorn

Evil BuckthornBerries and thorns covered in ice make this plant look even more ominous. I call it evil because this tree – European Buckthorn – has invaded our natural areas and is really hard to stop. This was taken at the Westminster Ponds Environmentally Significant Area that is sadly, choked with Buckthorn.

© Sheila Creighton 2018

Pokeweed Purple & Pink

Pokeweed Purple & Pink

Berries of American Pokeweed – Phytolacca americana – are a favourite for songbirds. The whole plant is toxic to humans when misused. Also known as ink-weed, the berries are used for red dye or ink . New medical research shows great promise for the pokeweed antiviral protein in the treatment of childhood Leukemia.

© Sheila Creighton 2014