San Rafael Valley, AZ ~~ Photo by Bill Haas

Friday, August 3, 2012


Of course you were all just dying to know the true name for "Creamy Pompom-on-a-Stick," right?

And I'm sure some of you already knew it's really called "Seacoast Angelica," right?

OK, but did you know that Seacoast Angelica is in the carrot family, grows on coastal bluffs right where I found it, and is so named because Angelica ("angel") refers to the medicinal and angelic protection against evil properties as revealed to mankind by an archangel?  Well, that's what the book says.  Also, seeds of a European species were used to make gin and absinthe.

I hope some day you get to see some with your very own eyes.  And save the seeds!