The Physalis: Naturally Packaged Desserts

A relative of the tomatillo, the physalis (or groundcherry) is a beautiful little plant whose fruits come bundled in a parchment-like casing. Like most tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, and other members of the nightshade family, the physalis has no trouble growing in Ohio climates. The light and pretty fruits of the grouncherry make it an aesthetically … More The Physalis: Naturally Packaged Desserts

Forget-Me-Nots: A Lovely Addition to Any Garden

The wispy, baby blue forget-me-not is a flower Ohioans can easily encounter in a neglected parking lot or on a hike. Its small, sprawling vines give rise to rounded bundles of flowers in mid spring, and some varieties, especially the weedier types, keep the flowers until late into summer—although the blooms look rather grizzled by … More Forget-Me-Nots: A Lovely Addition to Any Garden

The Christmas Cactus

With its funny genus name, Schlumbergera, the Christmas cactus is a lovely plant to care for, and enjoyable to learn about. These tropical cacti are native to Brazil, where they grow in mountains and on top of other plants. In Brazil they bloom around Easter, but in Ohio’s climate they flower around Thanksgiving and Christmas. … More The Christmas Cactus

Winter Giants: The Surprising Natural State of Poinsettias and Holly

It is close to Christmas, and stores are stocked with potted Poinsettias and wreaths of holly. Unfortunately, after the holiday season ends, most of these plants will whither and get tossed. The reason for their untimely deaths isn’t due to short lifespan, but rather, Poinsettias and hollies are sold outside of their natural environment. To … More Winter Giants: The Surprising Natural State of Poinsettias and Holly