Tag: Urban Foraging

Urban Foraging Feverfew

Urban Foraging Feverfew
Ever since reading Grow Your Own Drugs earlier this year I’ve been looking around the neighborhood for useful plants and herbs. Feverfew derives from Latin word febrifugia, meaning “fever reducer.” It has been used in European folk medicine for centuries to alleviate fevers headaches, stomach problems and skin conditions. In ethnic neighborhoods in Chicago it... Read more »

Three Reasons to plant a Linden Tree in Chicago

Last year I while walking down a street I’d never been down before I caught whiff of a scent so sweet that I paused and looked around for the source. I carefully examined the two gardens and plantings on the parkway looking for the source of the scent. I crouched down and circled a tree... Read more »

Prickly Pear Cactus and Nopales

Opuntia humifusa is a cactus native to the U.S. It has a clump-forming growth pattern. The flowers are a beautiful yellow with slightly reddish center and flat, green pads that have clusters of barbed bristles. I’ve been thinking of growing it ever since I spotted it at the Rick Bayless urban/edible garden. I don’t really... Read more »

Plant Tattoo

I’ve always wanted to get a tattoo, but I’m a big wuss when it comes to needles. At the Green & Growing Fair at the Garfield Park Conservatory on April 25th, I came across a volunteer from City Farm sporting this tattoo. Joe, who has been volunteering with City Farm for about a year, told... Read more »


Dandelion is the common name for Taraxacum officinale, a genus of flowering plants native to Europe, North America and Asia. The English dandelion is a corruption of the French dante de lion which translates to “lion’s tooth,” a refference to the deeply serrated leaves of the plant. The flower head (floret) of the dandelion is actually several... Read more »