Mystery Weed Identified: Geranium Molle


A number of Root Simple readers identified a plant that springs up in our backyard every winter. It’s Geranium molle.

Readily pollinated by hymenoptera, Geranium molle has two popular names: Dovefoot Geranium and Awnless Geranium.

Native to the Mediterranean, it was introduced to North America. The Plants for a Future database has a reference to the use of Geranium molle on wounds (Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants). Other than that, it’s not an exciting plant from a human perspective.

Name This Weed and Win . . .

mystery weed

. . . bragging rights. Extra points for telling us the scientific name.

I think it’s some kind of geranium and it’s been sprouting up in the backyard for years every winter. If allowed to grow it puts off small, uninteresting flowers.

I’m hoping it has rare pharmaceutical value. Then I could offer better prizes on Root Simple, like an all expenses paid trip to East Hollywood.

Picture Sundays: Superbowl Edition

treshombres-669x333 It’s the time of year when my in-box fills with misguided attempts to get me to blog about Superbowl snacks such as a bag of chocolate covered pretzels that looked like–there’s no nice way to say this–a sack of humanure. In response I’m posting, for the second year in a row, the gatefold of the ZZ Top album Tres Hombres. No snack stadium could possible out-compete this Texas sized combo platter. What are you up to today? Watching the game? Preparing for the next arctic vortex/drought? Reading homesteading blogs? Constructing a lacto-fermented snack stadium?

Saturday Linkages: Can We Please Have More Underpass Chandeliers?


Ballroom Luminoso: Ugly freeway underpass beautified with recycled bike chandeliers : TreeHugger …

Yes, the farm bill is politically corrupt. Veto it! 

What’s wrong with an ugly winter garden? 

The secret light of plants by Elizabeth Licata 

California Legalized Selling Food Made At Home And Created Over A Thousand Local Businesses 

Massive Water Reduction 

Fodder System Updates 

It’s Not the Snow, It’s Not the Politics: Blame the Car-Dependent City 

MyFigueroa! Needs a Hero as Livable Streets Villains Line Up Against City’s First Cycletracks …

Extra Virgin Suicide: Olive Oil Corruption Slide Show 

Black Bean Soup 

Meet the Bakers: Louie and Clinton Prager 

Poultry Show Common Sense 

Bee Colony Adapts to Human Environmental Impact by Using Plastic to Build Nests …

Thin Wall Earthbag — 10x Faster than Typical Earthbag