Interior Garden Design in Jacksonville, FL

Ever heard of a Sneezewort, or a Monkey Puzzle Tree? We’ve got a whole list of wonky plants and the inside scoop on where they got their funny names!

#1 Sneezewort Yarrow (Achillea ptarmica)

 

Sneezewort Yarrow Plant

Sneezewort

 

Also known as: Sneezeweed

 

I’m named this because… I was once used as a sneezing powder. Sneezeweed was dried up and used to get people to sneeze to clear out their sinuses!

 

Fun fact: This plant doesn’t just make people sneeze; it can also be eaten in salads or used as an insect repellent.

 

http://www.eol.org/pages/467230

 

#2 Hooded Skullcap (Scutellaria galericulata)

 

Hooded Skullcap

Hooded Skullcap. Photo Credit: Fornax

 

Also known as: Marsh Skullcap

 

I’m named this because… my flowers look like caps

 

Fun fact: The Hooded Skullcap is part of the mint family but it doesn’t taste like mint! One of its relatives is also famous, the plant, called mad-dog weed, was used in medieval times as a remedy for rabid-dog bites.

 

http://www.ontariowildflower.com/lakeedge.htm#skullcapmarsh http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/skullcap-000273.htm

 

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