Yesterday evening as I came back a different path from the barn after feeding Star, I discovered this flowering plant, the Ground plum, milkvetch. I spent over an hour perusing field books until I identified Ground plum. I nailed the identification when I corroborated a field book description with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website. Depending upon the species of Astragalus, some members are poisonous, but this species is not. Even so, Ground plum is not a yummy plant although its fragrance is lovely — somewhat spicy I believe.
I discovered a new link for plants: University of Michigan-Dearborn Native American Ethnobotany. You must check this out for medicinal uses of plants.
This medicinal use of plants starts me thinking. I may set aside an area in the barn to harvest some of these plants. I already have a request for bull nettle to be sent up to Wisconsin for an indoor greenhouse. Don’t let the bull nettle go outside!