I am writing about herbs in the 2016 April AtoZ blogging challenge. Most of the herbs written in this series are those I have seen or used. We are at the penultimate day of the challenge and surprisingly I had a big struggle for this post. The usual culprit alphabets like Q, U, Z did not present any trouble but unexpectedly Y did… No herb from my “collection” fit the bill and I had to scour the world wide web for something suitable.
I got lucky and did not have to make do with some ”managed” post. Without much ado, here is my Y herb.. Youngia japonica of the Asteraceae family. It is commonly called Oriental Hawkweed or Oriental False Hawksbeard.
|Image from Flowers of India|
As the name suggests, this herb is an invasive. The usual Google search threw up this interesting very well researched post by Green Deane and it’s a must-visit site for those interested in botany. Apparently the plant has antiviral and anticancer properties! Amazing isn’t it?
How about you? Have you managed to keep with the posts?