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Offline kevin-beverly

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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #525 on: February 25, 2021, 11:39:07 AM »

The one above should have read Fennel   Foeniculum vulgare sorry about that


Pimpinella anisum  Also called aniseed or rarely anix, is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae native to the eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia.
The flavor and aroma of its seeds have similarities with some other spices, such as star anise, fennel, and liquorice. It is widely cultivated and used to flavor food, candy, and alcoholic drinks, especially around the Mediterranean.
The name "anise" is derived via Old French from the Latin word, anisum, or Greek, anison, referring to dill.

Family:   Apiaceae
Genus:   Pimpinella
Species:   P. anisum
Binomial name
Pimpinella anisum

Anise is an herbaceous annual plant growing to 3 ft (0.9 m) or more. The leaves at the base of the plant are simple, (1–5 cm) long and shallowly lobed, while leaves higher on the stems are feathery pinnate, divided into numerous small leaflets. The flowers are either white or yellow, approximately  (3 mm) in diameter, produced in dense umbels. The fruit is an oblong dry schizocarp,  (3–6 mm) long, usually called "aniseed".
Anise was first cultivated in Egypt and the Middle East, and was brought to Europe for its medicinal value. It has been cultivated in Egypt for approximately 4,000 years.
Anise plants grow best in light, fertile, well-drained soil. The seeds should be planted as soon as the ground warms up in spring. Because the plants have a taproot, they do not transplant well after being established, so they should either be started in their final location or be transplanted while the seedlings are still small.

 Well drained, light and fertile soils.Arable land and market gardens Grassland and tall forb habitats cannot grow in the shade.

Anise (also called aniseed or sweet cumin)t. It belongs to the Apiaceae family, which also produces carrots, celery and parsley. While the plant's leaves and roots are also edible, it's most well-known for its small, brown seeds.

Builders of steam locomotives in Britain incorporated capsules of aniseed oil into white metal plain bearings, so the distinctive smell would give warning in case of overheating.Anise can be made into a liquid scent and is used for both drag hunting and fishing. It is put on fishing lures to attract fish

Pimpinella anisum=άνισο   
The spice got its an­cient names (Latin anisum from Greek anison [ἄνισον] or anneson [ἄννησον]) by con­fusion with with dill, which in Greek was known as aneton [ἄνητον].


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For Neil How to Make Homemade Ouzo
Make a simple syrup with water and sugar. Add angelica root and mace.
Allow to cool, then add alcohol, anise extract and water. Give it a good shake.
Age for 1 week and then strain into clean bottles. Allow an additional month for aging.

Anise is commonly used in baked goods like Italian biscotti and pizzelles, German springerle, and pfeffernüss. Alcoholic beverages. Anise is also used to flavor liqueurs from around the world, such as absinthe, anisette, pastis, sambuca, Pernod, arak, raki, and ouzo.
 anise traditionally is used in savory recipes, particularly with meats. It often is added whole to soups, stews and braising broths, to which it adds a sweet-licorice-peppery flavor.

Anise seeds are used as analgesic in migraine and also as carminative, aromatic, disinfectant, and diuretic in traditional medicine Anise seed is a powerful plant that is rich in many nutrients and boasts a wide array of health benefits. It has anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and may fight stomach ulcers, keep blood sugar levels in check and reduce symptoms of depression and menopause.
In addition to sipping on ouzo along with mezes, the national drink of Greece has healing properties as well. It is known to ease an upset stomach, relieve a headache, and alleviate teething pains in infants. The terpenes in ouzo have anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant activity protecting cells from disease.
Women use anise to increase milk flow when nursing, start menstruation, treat menstrual discomfort or pain, ease childbirth, and increase sex drive. Men use anise to treat symptoms of “male menopause.” Other uses include treatment of seizures, nicotine dependence, trouble sleeping (insomnia), asthma, and constipation.
Ouzo is known to have the quality of dilating the blood vessels and, in this way, may reduce blood pressure. The terpenes contained in ouzo have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant characteristics which may protect cells from diseases, including heart disease, some forms of cancer and neurological conditions.
Rich in Nutrients
Though anise seed is used in relatively small amounts, it packs a good amount of several important micronutrients into each serving.

May Reduce Symptoms of Depression
Depression is a common yet debilitating condition that affects up to 25% of women and 12% of men around the world
Interestingly, some research has found that anise seed may help treat depression.

Could Protect Against Stomach Ulcers
Stomach ulcers, also called gastric ulcers, are a painful sore that forms in the lining of your stomach, causing symptoms like indigestion, nausea and a burning sensation in your chest.
Though traditional treatment typically involves the use of medications to decrease the production of stomach acid, preliminary research suggests that anise seed could help prevent stomach ulcers and reduce symptoms.

Prevents the Growth of Fungi and Bacteria
Test-tube studies show that anise seed and its compounds possess potent antimicrobial properties that prevent infections and block the growth of fungi and bacteria.
One test-tube study demonstrated that anise seed and anise essential oil were especially effective against certain strains of fungi, including yeasts and dermatophytes, a type of fungus that can cause skin disease

 Could Help Relieve Menopause Symptoms
Menopause is the natural decline in women’s reproductive hormones during aging, resulting in symptoms like hot flashes, fatigue and dry skin.
Anise seed is thought to mimic the effects of estrogen in your body, potentially reducing symptoms of menopause

May Balance Blood Sugar Levels
Some research indicates that anethole, the active ingredient in anise seed, may keep blood sugar levels in check when paired with a healthy diet.
In one 45-day study in diabetic rats, anethole helped reduce high blood sugar by altering levels of several key enzymes. Anethole also enhanced the function of pancreas cells that produce insulin.
Another animal study also reported that anethole improved blood sugar levels in rats with diabetes.
Keep in mind that these studies are using a concentrated dose of anethole — much higher than what is found in a typical serving of anise seed.

Can Reduce Inflammation
In many cases, inflammation is considered a normal response by your immune system to protect against injuries and infection.
However, high levels of long-term inflammation are linked to chronic conditions, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes .
Animal and test-tube studies suggest that anise seed may reduce inflammation to promote better health and prevent disease.
For example, one study in mice showed that anise seed oil reduced swelling and pain.
Other research indicates that anise seed is high in antioxidants, which can reduce inflammation and prevent disease-causing oxidative damage


Offline kevin-beverly

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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #526 on: March 03, 2021, 12:08:04 PM »



(Prunus dulcis, syn. Prunus amygdalus  is a species of tree native to Iran and surrounding countries but widely cultivated elsewhere. The almond is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree. Within the genus Prunus, it is classified with the peach in the subgenus Amygdalus, distinguished from the other subgenera by corrugations on the shell (endocarp) surrounding the seed.
The almond is a deciduous tree, growing 4–10 m in height, with a trunk of up to 30 cm in diameter. The young twigs are green at first, becoming purplish where exposed to sunlight, then grey in their second year. The leaves are 8–13 cm  long, with a serrated margin and a 2.5 cm petiole. The flowers are white to pale pink, 3–5 cm diameter with five petals, produced singly or in pairs and appearing before the leaves in early spring. Almond grows best in Mediterranean climates with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The optimal temperature for their growth is between 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F) and the tree buds have a chilling requirement of 200 to 700 hours below 7.2 °C (45.0 °F) to break dormancy.
Almonds begin bearing an economic crop in the third year after planting. Trees reach full bearing five to six years after planting. The fruit matures in the autumn, 7–8 months after flowering.

Family:   Rosaceae
Genus:   Prunus
Subgenus:   Prunus subg. Amygdalus
Species:   P. dulcis
Binomial name
Prunus dulcis

Almond grows best in Mediterranean climates with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters.
Closely related to peaches and other stone fruit trees in the Prunus species, almond trees are hardy in U.S. hardiness zones 5-9. In the cooler regions of their range, however, the early spring blooms of almond trees may be susceptible to bud damage or loss from late winter frost.

Fantastic sight almonds trees in spring time
The fruit of the almond is a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed, which is not a true nut, inside. Shelling almonds refers to removing the shell to reveal the seed. Almonds are sold shelled or unshelled. Blanched almonds are shelled almonds that have been treated with hot water to soften the seedcoat, which is then removed to reveal the white embryo.
The almond fruit is 3.5–6 cm long. In botanical terms, it is not a nut but a drupe. The outer covering or exocarp, fleshy in other members of Prunus such as the plum and cherry, is instead a thick, leathery, grey-green coat (with a downy exterior), called the hull. Inside the hull is a reticulated, hard, woody shell (like the outside of a peach pit) called the endocarp. Inside the shell is the edible seed, commonly called a nut. Generally, one seed is present, but occasionally two occur. After the fruit matures, the hull splits and separates from the shell, and an abscission layer forms between the stem and the fruit so that the fruit can fall from the tree

The word "almond" comes from Old French almande or alemande, Late Latin *amandula, derived from amygdala from the Ancient Greek ἀμυγδάλη (amygdálē)[18] (cf. amygdala, an almond-shaped portion of the brain).[19] The al- in English, for the a- used in other languages may be due a confusion with the Arabic article al, the word having first dropped the a- as in the Italian form mandorla; the British pronunciation ah-mond and the modern Catalan ametlla and modern French amande show a form of the word closer to the original. Other related names of almond include Mandel or Knackmandel (German), mandorlo (Italian for the tree), mandorla (Italian for the fruit), amêndoa (Portuguese), and almendro (Spanish for the tree), almendra (Spanish for the fruit). Interestingly however, in Hebrew, the word for almond (שָׁקֵד, pronounced shak-ed) is also the word for tonsil.
The adjective "amygdaloid" (literally "like an almond") is used to describe objects which are roughly almond-shaped, particularly a shape which is part way between a triangle and an ellipse. See, for example, the brain structure amygdala, which uses a direct borrowing of the Greek term amygdalē.

Greek mythology
Birth of Attis. In Phrygia there was born an hermaphroditic deity named Agdistis. The gods were fearful and castrated it creating the goddess Kybele. The genitals were cast upon the earth where they sprouted and grew into an almond tree. Once when the nymph Nana was sitting beneath its branches a nut fell into her lap and impregnated her. The child conceived was Attis, who grew up to became the consort of the Kybele.
The seeds of Prunus dulcis var. dulcis are predominantly sweet but some individual trees produce seeds that are somewhat more bitter. The genetic basis for bitterness involves a single gene, the bitter flavor furthermore being recessive, both aspects making this trait easier to domesticate. The fruits from Prunus dulcis var. amara are always bitter, as are the kernels from other species of genus Prunus, such as apricot, peach and cherry

Almonds contain cyanide, but not enough to poison you.  Almonds are rich in healthy fats, vitamin E and fiber. Although the sweet almonds you buy at the grocery store contain a small amount of cyanide, it's not enough to poison you. However, bitter almonds are unsafe to eat and may lead to cyanide poisoning.

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Two B vitamins contribute to the maintenance of normal skin. Almonds offer 25% of the Daily Value for riboflavin and 6% of the Daily value for niacin. Almonds are a good source of copper, which plays a role in skin and hair pigmentation. Linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid, helps prevent skin dryness.
The nourishing oil can soften and strengthen your hair. It's rich in vitamin B-7, or biotin, so almond oil helps to keep hair and nails healthy and strong. It can also help protect your hair from sun damage, with a natural SPF 5.

Almonds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients
Almonds Are Loaded With Antioxidants
Antioxidants help protect against oxidative stress, which can damage molecules in your cells and contribute to inflammation, aging and diseases like cancer

Almonds Are High in Vitamin E
These antioxidants tend to build up in cell membranes in your body, protecting your cells from oxidative damage.

Almonds Can Assist With Blood Sugar Control
Nuts are low in carbs but high in healthy fats, protein and fiber.
This makes them a perfect choice for people with diabetes.
Another boon of almonds is their remarkably high amount of magnesium.
Magnesium is a mineral involved in more than 300 bodily processes, including blood sugar control

Magnesium Also Benefits Blood Pressure Levels
The magnesium in almonds may additionally help lower blood pressure levels.
High blood pressure is one of the leading drivers of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.
A deficiency in magnesium is strongly linked to high blood pressure regardless of whether you are overweight

Almonds Can Lower Cholesterol Levels
High levels of LDL lipoproteins in your blood — also known as “bad” cholesterol — is a well-known risk factor for heart disease.
Your diet can have major effects on LDL levels. Some studies have shown almonds to effectively lower LDL.
A 16-week study in 65 people with prediabetes found that a diet providing 20% of calories from almonds lowered LDL cholesterol levels by an average of 12.4 mg/dL

Almonds Prevent Harmful Oxidation of LDL Cholesterol
Almonds do more than just lower LDL levels in your blood.
They also protect LDL from oxidation, which is a crucial step in the development of heart disease.
Almond skin is rich in polyphenol antioxidants, which prevent oxidation of cholesterol in test-tubes and animal studies

 Eating Almonds Reduces Hunger, Lowering Your Overall Calorie Intake
Almonds are low in carbs and high in protein and fiber.
Both protein and fiber are known to increase feelings of fullness. This can help you eat fewer calories
One four-week study in 137 participants showed that a daily 1.5-ounce (43-gram) serving of almonds significantly reduced hunger and the desire to eat

Almonds May Be Effective For Weight Loss
Nuts contain several nutrients that your body struggles to break down and digest.
Your body does not absorb about 10–15% of the calories in nuts. Additionally, some evidence suggests that eating nuts can boost metabolism slightly

Lighten dark circles and reduces under eye puffiness - This is due to almond oils anti-inflammatory properties, helping skin to look brighter and fresher.

Minimises stretch marks - Almond oil for skin does this much the same way it helps to relieve acne scarring and dark spots. Almond oil for skin has excellent softening properties which allows the skin to stretch without magnifying these marks.

The nourishing oil can soften and strengthen your hair. It's rich in vitamin B-7, or biotin, so almond oil helps to keep hair and nails healthy and strong. It can also help protect your hair from sun damage, with a natural SPF 5. You can use almond oil as a scalp treatment.

Almond oil helps to naturally restore nail health. Rich in essential antioxidants, Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids and vitamins E, A, B1, B2, and B6, Almond oil coats the nails with rich nutrients that protect them from peeling, cracking, dryness and breakage.

Almond benefits in pregnancy
The Omega-3 fatty acids found in nuts and seeds aids in neurological and brain development of the baby. A handful of sunflower seeds, almonds, or walnuts can be a terrific snack between meals.

Almonds are a good source of nutrients that are important for brain health, including vitamin E, folate and unsaturated fatty acids, as well as l-carnitine which is known for its neuroprotective benefits.

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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #527 on: March 10, 2021, 10:51:14 AM »


Now is the time to think about your lawn it most probably needs a cut now after the winter months it has been a warm winter
so the grass has been growing slowly and the lawn weeds have also been growing

The smell of freshly cut grass means spring is finally on its way

Getting the first cut done well is important preparation for the rest of the year. Early spring your grass is just starting to grow but not at its full strength, so you need to take care not to damage the grass. In some parts of the country, particularly the south, your lawn may be ready for a “topping”. You should aim to cut no more than 1/3 of the length of the blade on the first cut. Your mower’s blades need to be very sharp at this point,
Do not attempt to mow if your lawn is still waterlogged
Mow at a slower rate than usual
Choose a dry windy afternoon when the ground will be at its firmest
The ground needs to be firm and some new growth appearing.
Cut no more than 1/3 of the blade of grass

Ensure to remove all the clippings after you have mown your lawn - if you leave them on you could be contributing to thatch which would undo all your hard work. In addition, dead grass sitting dormant on top of your lawn will stop much needed sunlight getting to your new grass.

The usual recommendation is to apply a moss killer before you scarify or rake your lawn to remove the moss; theoretically this prevents it from spreading.

should only need doing once a year, and when it’s done, you can sit back and reap the rewards.

Once you have cut the lawn The usual recommendation is to apply a moss killer before you scarify or rake your lawn to remove the moss; theoretically this prevents it from spreading.
you can use Aftercut all in one there are loads of differant makes
once the moss goes brown and the weeds have died

 If you have a Springbok Rake The springbok rake is surprisingly well made and will make light work of raking out leaves and moss from lawns,



How do I fix sunken patches in my lawn and divots done by foxes

Repairing a sunken area of the lawn can usually be accomplished without outside help from a landscaper. It is best to do this work in the spring or early summer, since this is the best time for grass growth.
It's best to fill the depression in such a way that it goes from a low spot to a slightly humped one this allows the soil to settle into place and create a more level area.

Mix grass seed and sharp sand to fill the divot wells. The sand is used to improve seed-to-soil contact, stop seeds from blowing/washing away and to aid drainage of water during the process of germination and establishment.


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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #528 on: March 13, 2021, 09:16:49 AM »


I was helped with this bug by a man [Flapdoodle] from Minot North Dakota

I have done the red and black stripe shield bug [Graphosoma italicum] follow the link and go to bottom of page,10517.msg146664.html#msg146664

generally called shield bugs or stink bugs.
Scientific classificatione
Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:   Arthropoda
Class:   Insecta
Order:   Hemiptera
Suborder:   Heteroptera
Infraorder:   Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily:   Pentatomoidea
Family:   Pentatomidae
Leach, 1815

Dolycoris baccarum the sloe bug, is a species of shield bug in the family Pentatomidae.
Pentatomidae is a family of insects belonging to the order Hemiptera, generally called shield bugs or stink bugs. Pentatomidae is the largest family in the superfamily Pentatomoidea, and contains around 900 genera and over 4700 species. As hemipterans, the pentatomids have piercing sucking mouthparts, and most are phytophagous, including several species which are severe pests on agricultural crops. However, some species, particularly in the subfamily Asopinae, are predatory and may be considered beneficial.
The name "Pentatomidae" is from the Greek pente meaning "five" and tomos meaning "section", and refers to the five segments of their antennae

All pentatomids have 5-segmented antennae, and 3 tarsal segments on each foot. They generally have a large triangular scutellum in the center of the back. The body shape of adult pentatomids is generally "shieldlike," when viewed from above, but this varies between species, and is not true for the immature nymphal stages. The forewings of stink bugs are called hemelytra, with the basal half thickened while the apex is membranous. At rest, the wings are laid across the back of the insect, with the membranous wingtips overlapping. The hindwings are entirely membranous.

Several stink bugs and shield bugs are considered agricultural pests, because they can grow into large populations that feed on crops, damaging production, and they are resistant to many pesticides. They are a threat to cotton, corn, sorghum, soybeans, native and ornamental trees, shrubs, vines, weeds, and many cultivated crops.
In Mexico, some species of stink bugs are called jumil, chinche de monte, xotlinilli, or chumil (e.g. Edessa mexicana). They are most often eaten in the states of Morelos and Guerrero. The flavor is sometimes said to resemble cinnamon, or sometimes a bitter medicinal flavor. Jumiles may be used for making sauces or as taco filling

This species is widespread in most of Europe and Central Asia.These shield bugs mainly inhabit hedgerows and woodland edges, fields, forests, parks and gardens.

Dolycoris baccarum can reach a length of about 10–12.5 millimetres (0.39–0.49 in). The basic color of pronotum and elytra is quite variable, but usually it is reddish purple, while scutellum is ocher. During the winter the basic color is dull brown. The whole body is quite hairy. The antennae are made by 4-5 black and white sections and the margins of the abdomen (connexivum) are alternately mottled with whitish and black. The male and female are very similar. A related species encountered in Europe is Dolycoris numidicus.

European species

European species within this family include:
Acrosternum arabicum Wagner, 1959
Acrosternum heegeri Fieber, 1861
Acrosternum malickyi Josifov & Heiss, 1989
Acrosternum millierei (Mulsant & Rey, 1866)
Acrosternum rubescens (Noualhier, 1893)
Aelia acuminata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Aelia albovittata Fieber, 1868
Aelia angusta Stehlik, 1976
Aelia cognata Fieber, 1868
Aelia cribrosa Fieber, 1868
Aelia furcula Fieber, 1868
Aelia germari Kuster, 1852
Aelia klugii Hahn, 1833
Aelia notata Rey, 1887
Aelia rostrata Boheman, 1852
Aelia sibirica Reuter, 1884
Aelia virgata (Herrich-Schäffer, 1841)
Ancyrosoma leucogrammes (Gmelin, 1790)
Andrallus spinidens (Fabricius, 1787)
Antheminia absinthii (Wagner, 1952)
Antheminia aliena (Reuter, 1891)
Antheminia lunulata (Goeze, 1778)
Antheminia pusio (Kolenati, 1846)
Antheminia varicornis (Jakovlev, 1874)
Apodiphus amygdali (Germar, 1817)
Arma custos (Fabricius, 1794)
Arma insperata Horvath, 1899
Asaroticus solskyi Jakovlev, 1873
Bagrada abeillei Puton, 1881
Bagrada confusa Horvath, 1936
Bagrada elegans Puton, 1873
Bagrada funerea Horvath, 1901
Bagrada hilaris (Burmeister, 1835)
Bagrada stolida (Herrich-Schäffer, 1839)
Bagrada turcica Horvath, 1936
Brachynema cinctum (Fabricius, 1775)
Brachynema germarii (Kolenati, 1846)
Brachynema purpureomarginatum (Rambur, 1839)
Capnoda batesoni Jakovlev, 1889
Carpocoris coreanus Distant, 1899
Carpocoris fuscispinus (Boheman, 1850)
Carpocoris melanocerus (Mulsant & Rey, 1852)
Carpocoris pudicus (Poda, 1761)
Carpocoris purpureipennis (De Geer, 1773)
Chlorochroa juniperina (Linnaeus, 1758)
Chlorochroa pinicola (Mulsant & Rey, 1852)
Chlorochroa reuteriana (Kirkaldy, 1909)
Chroantha ornatula (Herrich-Schäffer, 1842)
Codophila varia (Fabricius, 1787)
Crypsinus angustatus (Baerensprung, 1859)
Derula flavoguttata Mulsant & Rey, 1856
Dolycoris baccarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dolycoris numidicus Horvath, 1908
Dryadocoris apicalis (Herrich-Schäffer, 1842)
Dybowskyia reticulata (Dallas, 1851)
Dyroderes umbraculatus (Fabricius, 1775)
Eudolycoris alluaudi (Noualhier, 1893)
Eurydema cyanea (Fieber, 1864)
Eurydema dominulus (Scopoli, 1763)
Eurydema eckerleini Josifov, 1961
Eurydema fieberi Schummel, 1837
Eurydema gebleri Kolenati, 1846
Eurydema herbacea (Herrich-Schäffer, 1833)
Eurydema lundbaldi Lindberg, 1960
Eurydema maracandica Oshanin, 1871
Eurydema nana Fuente, 1971
Eurydema oleracea (Linnaeus, 1758)
Eurydema ornata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Eurydema rotundicollis (Dohrn, 1860)
Eurydema rugulosa (Dohrn, 1860)
Eurydema sea Pericart & De la Rosa 2004
Eurydema spectabilis Horvath, 1882
Eurydema ventralis Kolenati, 1846
Eysarcoris aeneus (Scopoli, 1763)
Eysarcoris ventralis (Westwood, 1837)
Eysarcoris venustissimus (Schrank, 1776)
Graphosoma interruptum White, 1839
Graphosoma italicum (Müller, 1766)
Graphosoma lineatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Graphosoma melanoxanthum Horvath, 1903
Graphosoma semipunctatum (Fabricius, 1775)
Halyomorpha halys (Stål, 1855)
Holcogaster fibulata (Germar, 1831)
Holcostethus albipes (Fabricius, 1781)
Holcostethus evae Ribes, 1988
Holcostethus sphacelatus (Fabricius, 1794)
Jalla dumosa (Linnaeus, 1758)
Leprosoma inconspicuum Baerensprung, 1859
Leprosoma stali Douglas & Scott, 1868
Leprosoma tuberculatum Jakovlev, 1874
Macrorhaphis acuta Dallas, 1851
Mecidea lindbergi Wagner, 1954
Mecidea pallidissima Jensen-Haarup, 1922
Menaccarus arenicola (Scholz, 1847)
Menaccarus deserticola Jakovlev, 1900
Menaccarus dohrnianus (Mulsant & Rey, 1866)
Menaccarus turolensis Fuente, 1971
Mustha spinosula (Lefèbvre, 1831)
Neostrachia bisignata (Walker, 1867)
Neottiglossa bifida (A. Costa, 1847)
Neottiglossa flavomarginata (Lucas, 1849)
Neottiglossa leporina (Herrich-Schäffer, 1830)
Neottiglossa lineolata (Mulsant & Rey, 1852)
Neottiglossa pusilla (Gmelin, 1790)
Nezara viridula (Linnaeus, 1758)
Palomena formosa Vidal, 1940
Palomena prasina (Linnaeus, 1761)
Palomena viridissima (Poda, 1761)
Pentatoma rufipes (Linnaeus, 1758)
Peribalus congenitus Putshkov, 1965
Peribalus inclusus (Dohrn, 1860)
Peribalus strictus (Fabricius, 1803)
Perillus bioculatus (Fabricius, 1775)
Picromerus bidens (Linnaeus, 1758)
Picromerus brachypterus Ahmad & Onder, 1990
Picromerus conformis (Herrich-Schäffer, 1841)
Picromerus nigridens (Fabricius, 1803)
Piezodorus lituratus (Fabricius, 1794)
Piezodorus punctipes Puton, 1889
Piezodorus teretipes (Stål, 1865)
Pinthaeus sanguinipes (Fabricius, 1781)
Podops annulicornis Jakovlev, 1877
Podops calligerus Horvath, 1887
Podops curvidens Costa, 1843
Podops dilatatus Puton, 1873
Podops inunctus (Fabricius, 1775)
Podops rectidens Horvath, 1883
Putonia torrida Stål, 1872
Rhacognathus punctatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Rhaphigaster nebulosa (Poda, 1761)
Rubiconia intermedia (Wolff, 1811)
Schyzops aegyptiaca (Lefèbvre, 1831)
Sciocoris angularis Puton, 1889
Sciocoris angusticollis Puton, 1895
Sciocoris conspurcatus Klug, 1845
Sciocoris convexiusculus Puton, 1874
Sciocoris cursitans (Fabricius, 1794)
Sciocoris deltocephalus Fieber, 1861
Sciocoris distinctus Fieber, 1851
Sciocoris galiberti Ribaut, 1926
Sciocoris helferi Fieber, 1851
Sciocoris hoberlandti Wagner, 1954
Sciocoris homalonotus Fieber, 1851
Sciocoris luteolus Fieber, 1861
Sciocoris macrocephalus Fieber, 1851
Sciocoris maculatus Fieber, 1851
Sciocoris microphthalmus Flor, 1860
Sciocoris modestus Horvath, 1903
Sciocoris ochraceus Fieber, 1861
Sciocoris orientalis Linnavuori, 1960
Sciocoris pallens Klug, 1845
Sciocoris pentheri Wagner, 1953
Sciocoris pictus Wagner, 1959
Sciocoris sideritidis Wollaston, 1858
Sciocoris sulcatus Fieber, 1851
Sciocoris umbrinus (Wolff, 1804)
Sciocoriscanariensis Lindberg, 1953
Scotinophara sicula (A. Costa, 1841)
Scotinophara subalpina (Bergroth, 1893)
Stagonomus amoenus (Brullé, 1832)
Stagonomus bipunctatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Stagonomus devius Seidenstucker, 1965
Stagonomus grenieri (Signoret, 1865)
Staria lunata (Hahn, 1835)
Stenozygum coloratum (Klug, 1845)
Sternodontus binodulus Jakovlev, 1893
Sternodontus obtusus Mulsant & Rey, 1856
Tarisa dimidiatipes Puton, 1874
Tarisa elevata Reuter, 1901
Tarisa flavescens Amyot & Serville, 1843
Tarisa pallescens Jakovlev, 1871
Tarisa salsolae Kerzhner, 1964
Tarisa subspinosa (Germar, 1839)
Tholagmus flavolineatus (Fabricius, 1798)
Tholagmus strigatus (Herrich-Schäffer, 1835)
Trochiscocoris hemipterus (Jakovlev, 1879)
Trochiscocoris rotundatus Horvath, 1895
Troilus luridus (Fabricius, 1775)
Ventocoris achivus (Horvath, 1889)
Ventocoris falcatus (Cyrillus, 1791)
Ventocoris fischeri (Herrich-Schäffer, 1851)
Ventocoris halophilum (Jakovlev, 1874)
Ventocoris modestus (Jakovlev, 1880)
Ventocoris philalyssum (Kiritshenko, 1916)
Ventocoris ramburi (Horvath, 1908)
Ventocoris rusticus (Fabricius, 1781)
Ventocoris trigonus (Krynicki, 1871)
Vilpianus galii (Wolff, 1802)
Zicrona caerulea (Linnaeus, 1758)



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« Reply #529 on: March 16, 2021, 10:53:56 AM »


European dwarf elder

Sambucus ebulus All so known as  danewort, dane weed, danesblood, dwarf elder,  walewort, dwarf elderberry, elderwort and blood hilder,  is a herbaceous species of elder, native to southern and central Europe and southwest Asia. The species is also reportedly naturalized in parts of North America (New York, New Jersey and Québec).
Sambucus ebulus grows to a height of 1–2 m and has erect, usually unbranched stems growing in large groups from an extensive perennial underground stem rhizome. The leaves are opposite, pinnate, 15–30 cm long, with 5-9 leaflets with a foetid smell. The stems terminate in a corymb 10–15 cm diameter with numerous white (occasionally pink) flat-topped hermaphrodite flowers. The fruit is a small glossy black berry 5–6 mm diameter. The ripe fruit give out a purple juice.

Sambucus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae. The various species are commonly called elder or elderberry.

Family:   Adoxaceae
Genus:   Sambucus
Species:   S. ebulus
Binomial name
Sambucus ebulus

The Latin name for Elder is thought to be connected with Sambuca, a musical instrument which was made of elder wood. The elders are a group of herbaceous perennials, deciduous shrubs and small trees widely distributed in temperate and subtropical regions Genus of about 10 species

woodlands and thickets in temperate and subtropical regions of Eurasia, N and tropical E. Africa, Australia and North and South America.; it is native to the Greek mainland and has now become naturalised on many islands,
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade full sun. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds. It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.

 The plant's stems and leaves turn red in autumn and this may explain the link with blood. The word Dane may link to an old term for diarrhoea

The sambuca was an ancient stringed instrument of Asiatic origin. However, many other instruments have also been called a "sambuca".

Sambucus in Greek = σαμπούκος =sampoúkos

This is a replica of the ancient Greek harp-like Sambuca, an erotic stringed instrument that was used during symposiums and orgiastic worships during the antiquity. It was probably invented by the poet Ibycus (6th B.C.) and first played by a wandering woman called Sibyl. The sambuca player was using both hands while playing this ancient harp-like instrument.

LUTHIEROS Sambuca has 7 or 9 strings with a soundbox made by an artificial tortoiseshell, a wooden arm, animal skin for a soundboard, and a sophisticated bridge. Whatsmore, it comes with top-quality sugarcane strings, specially designed and produced for LUTHIEROS.

Sambucus ebulus raw berries are considered to be poisonous while excess consumption of the other parts might well lead to toxicity. For instance, high-dose consumption of S ebulus fruits may induce vomitory toxicity, especially in children.
Elderberries (a.k.a. Sambucus) are a common folk remedy — but beware. According to the CDC, the fresh leaves, flowers, bark, young buds, and particularly the roots contain a bitter alkaloid and glucoside that can produce hydrocyanic acid — which leads to cyanide poisoning.

Parks Gardens Drinks Wine  Fruit - cooked. It is used as a flavouring in soups etc.  Leaves are used as a tea substitute

Some studies have shown that elderberries can boost immunity to decrease the length and severity of cold and flu symptoms. They contain several minerals as well as dietary fiber, fat, and proteins. Drinking elderberry tea regularly may also help to lower your blood sugar by stimulating glucose metabolism.
 The leaves are antiphlogistic, cholagogue, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant and laxative. The fruit is also sometimes used, but it is less active than the leaves. The herb is commonly used in the treatment of liver and kidney complaints. When bruised and laid on boils and scalds, they have a healing effect. They can be made into a poultice for treating swellings and contusions. The leaves are harvested in the summer and can be dried for later use. The root is diaphoretic, mildly diuretic and a drastic purgative. Dried, then powdered and made into a tea, it is considered to be one of the best remedies for dropsy. It should only be used with expert supervision because it can cause nausea and vertigo. A homeopathic remedy is made from the fresh berries or the bark. It is used in the treatment of dropsy.

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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #530 on: March 21, 2021, 11:50:41 AM »


I have been reading about this plant growing in Corfu and other Greek islands i did not know


Rheum rhabarbarum
 the fleshy, edible stalks (petioles) of species and hybrids (culinary rhubarb) of Rheum in the family Polygonaceae, which are cooked and used for food.
The whole plant – a herbaceous perennial growing from short, thick rhizomes – is also called rhubarb.
Family:   Polygonaceae
Genus:   Rheum
Species:   R. × hybridum (?)
Binomial name
Rheum × hybridum (?)

The precise origin of culinary rhubarb is unknown. The species Rheum rhabarbarum (syn. R. undulatum) and R. rhaponticum were grown in Europe before the 18th century and used for medicinal purposes. By the early 18th century, these two species and a possible hybrid of unknown origin, R. × hybridum, were grown as vegetable crops in England and Scandinavia. They readily hybridize, and culinary rhubarb was developed by selecting open-pollinated seed, so that its precise origin is almost impossible to determine. In appearance, samples of culinary rhubarb vary on a continuum between R. rhaponticum and R. rhabarbarum. However, modern rhubarb cultivars are tetraploids with 2n = 44, in contrast to 2n = 22 for the wild species.
Rhubarb is a perennial plant that has stalks similar to celery. Rhubarb is a vegetable, but it is often prepared or combined with fruit for desserts. Rhubarb can be eaten raw, but because of its tart flavor, it is more often cooked and sweetened with sugar.
Rhubarb comes from Asia, possibly Siberia, but has been cultivated by the Chinese for at least 3000 years, although not as a vegetable. Rather, it was used as a medicinal plant, its roots having cathartic and laxative properties.
It’s believed to have been introduced to Europe via Turkey, having been carried there from China over the Silk Road, still for medicinal purposes. Moreover, the name testifies to this introduction, because the word rhubarb comes from the
Greek rha barbaron, which means “barbarian rhubarb” (rha being the word for Greece’s native rhubarb species). Essentially, “barbarian” meant, in this case, “foreign,” an indication that it was seen as a novelty from a distant country.
Rhubarb is a cool season perennial, meaning that it will come up every spring without having to be seeded. For this reason, it requires ideal temperatures for both dormancy (when there is no growth) and growth. Dormancy takes place in the winter months and growth begins in the spring and continues throughout the summer months (April to September). Ideal temperatures for dormancy are below 40°F (5°C). In order for rhubarb to break dormancy and begin growth, temperatures need to average below 75°F (24°C) and not exceed 90°F (32°C).

Firstly, there are 60-100 known varieties of rhubarb and there are no existing keys to help identify varieties. This is complicated by the fact that some sellers offer plants and roots germinated from seed, often without telling their customers.

Why is rhubarb illegal in Russia?
Russia supplied and controlled the export of the dried root, thus controlling its price. it banned the export of the seeds to block the growing of the plant elsewhere. ... The price of rhubarb root rocketed! at one time the seeds were more valuable, weight for weight, than gold.

At maturity, a rhubarb plant gets to be about 3 feet in diameter, so plant them 3 to 4 feet apart in a 3- or 4-foot-wide bed. Four to six plants will provide plenty of stalks for most families.

Do you remember being taught at school that plants need light to grow?   It is actually not true!  Plants use light to store energy by means of photosynthesis which uses sunlight to convert carbon dioxide from the air into stored forms of energy like sugars.  However, remove the light and the plant can keep on growing using this store of energy.  This is how seeds manage to sprout and push up through the soil before they reach the surface.

Spring is traditionally rhubarb season, and if you’ve ever purchased the vegetable in the winter, you likely noticed a difference in look and taste. That’s because out-of-season rhubarb is grown in complete darkness and harvested by candlelight. So-called “forced” rhubarb is generally the only out-of-season rhubarb available in grocery stores—but it’s also considered a delicacy.


Rhubarb leaves contain high amounts of oxalic acid, which can cause health problems when eaten in higher amounts. Symptoms of toxicity include mild gastrointestinal symptoms, as well as more serious problems, such as kidney stones and kidney failure.

It's often used in sauces, pies, muffins, and cakes. Its tart flavor lends itself to sweet pairings. The most basic way to prepare rhubarb is as a sauce or loose jam.Drinks, Soft, Beer,Gin,Vodka

The root and underground stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine. Rhubarb is used primarily for digestive complaints including constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, stomach pain, gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, and preparation for certain GI diagnostic procedures.
Rhubarb is rich in antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins (which give it its red color) and proanthocyanidins. These antioxidants have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties, which help protect you from many health-related issues such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
May help with liver and kidney diseases
Relieves menopausal symptoms and menstrual pain
Boosts gut health
Helps with sepsis and pesticide poisoning
May support stroke recovery
May lower cholesterol and blood pressure
Diabetic Kidney Disease
Kidney Inflammation
Kidney Failure
Cirrhotic Ascites
Genetic Disorders of the Liver
 Herbicide/Pesticide Poisoning
Surgery Recovery
Complications of Blood Poisoning (Sepsis)
Stroke Recovery
Mouth Ulcers (Canker Sores)
Herpes Sores
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Menstrual Pain

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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #531 on: March 28, 2021, 01:26:32 PM »



Origanum vulgare  Is a flowering plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae). It is native to temperate Western and Southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region.
Oregano is a perennial herb, growing from 20–80 cm (8–31 in) tall, with opposite leaves 1–4 cm (1⁄2–1 1⁄2 in) long. The flowers are purple, 3–4 mm (1⁄8–3⁄16 in) long, produced in erect spikes. It is sometimes called wild marjoram, and its close relative, O. majorana, is known as sweet marjoram.

Oregano is easily confused with its close relative, marjoram. ... Marjoram's botanical name is Origanum majorana, so it is the same genus as oregano but it is a different species. Marjoram's gentler flavor is sweeter than oregano, which is slightly woodsy with a warm and aromatic taste.

 Greek oregano tends to be the most savory and earthy, while Italian is milder and Turkish is more pungent.

Used since the middle 18th century, oregano is derived from the Spanish orégano and Latin orīganum from the Classical Greek ὀρίγανον (orī́ganon).This is a compound Greek term that consists of ὄρος (óros) meaning "mountain", and γάνος (gános) meaning "brightness", thus, "brightness of the mountain"

Family:   Lamiaceae
Genus:   Origanum
Species:   O. vulgare
Binomial name
Origanum vulgare

 native to Europe and the Mediterranean region where it grows on dry, sunny slopes and along roadsides. Like many of its relatives in the mint family, it has been used medicinally and in cooking for thousands of years.
Oregano is native to the hills of the Mediterranean countries and western Asia and has naturalized in parts of Mexico and the United States. The herb has long been an essential ingredient of Mediterranean cooking and is widely used to season many foods.
 It has purple flowers and spade-shaped, olive-green leaves. It is a perennial, the tiny white flowers it produces during the middle of summer.

Oregano leaf is LIKELY SAFE when taken in the amounts found in food and POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth or applied to the skin in medicinal amounts. Mild side effects include stomach upset. Oregano might also cause an allergic reaction in people who have an allergy to plants in the Lamiaceae family.
Oregano contains an essential oil that is capable of causing gastrointestinal upset in cats. ... It is high in both phenols and terpenoids, which cats can not properly digest due to a lack of glucuronyl transferase digestive enzymes in the liver. This can result in a toxic reaction and permanent liver damage to the cat.

In Greek cooking, oregano is used in tomato sauces, with meats, fish, cheese, egg dishes, salads, and cheeses and with vegetables like tomatoes, zucchini, and green beans. Oregano is an essential ingredient of countless Mediterranean recipes. Can be grown in pots tubs

Fresh oregano is a great antibacterial agent. It has phytonutrients (thymol and carvacrol), which fight infections such as staph. It's loaded with antioxidants that help prevent cell damage, and it's an excellent source of fiber, vitamin K, manganese, iron, vitamin E, tryptophan and calcium.
It is applied to the skin for skin conditions including acne, athlete's foot, oily skin, dandruff, canker sores, warts, ringworm, rosacea, and psoriasis; as well as for insect and spider bites, gum disease, toothaches, muscle pain, and varicose veins. Oregano oil is also used topically as an insect repellent.
People around the Mediterranean region have used oregano for centuries in herbal medicine to treat many ailments, including:
skins sores
aching muscles
to boost overall health
Scientists need to do more research to confirm the benefits of using oregano, but there is some evidence that it could help:

fight bacteria
relieve inflammation
regulate blood sugar and lipids
fight cancer

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« Reply #532 on: March 29, 2021, 10:38:04 AM »
Out of interest has anyone got some recommendations for purchasing Greek oregano in the UK?

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« Reply #534 on: March 31, 2021, 10:07:01 AM »


This plant can be found around Corfu and Arillas


Origanum majorana  Is a cold-sensitive perennial herb or undershrub with sweet pine and citrus flavors. In some Middle Eastern countries, marjoram is synonymous with oregano, and there the names sweet marjoram and knotted marjoram are used to distinguish it from other plants of the genus Origanum. It is also called pot marjoram, although this name is also used for other cultivated species of Origanum. Is members of the mint family
Oregano and Marjoram are both species of the genus Origanum, Origanum plants are native to the Mediterranean region
Marjoram leaves tend to cluster at the tips of the branches, whereas oregano leaves tend to dot the entire stalk of the plant.
Oregano and marjoram are both fragrant, fuzzy green herbs used frequently in Mediterranean dishes.
Marjoram is indigenous to Cyprus, Turkey, the Mediterranean, Western Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Levant, and was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans as a symbol of happiness.
 It may have spread to the British Isles during the Middle Ages. Marjoram was not widely used in the United States until after World War II.
The name marjoram (Old French: majorane; Medieval Latin: majorana) does not directly derive from the Latin word maior (major).
Marjoram usually grows to a height of 24 to 36 inches (60 - 90cm).
Leaves are smooth, simple, petiolated, ovate to oblong-ovate, 0.5–1.5 cm  long, 0.2–0.8 cm wide, with obtuse apex, entire margin, symmetrical but tapering base, and reticulate venation. The texture of the leaf is extremely smooth due to the presence of numerous hairs

Family:   Lamiaceae
Genus:   Origanum
Species:   O. majorana
Binomial name
Origanum majorana
Majorana hortensis Moench

To avoid confusion with oregano species sometimes called marjoram, true marjoram is often referred to as knotted or sweet marjoram.

marjoram is a tall herbaceous perennial native of dry,hot,sunny, infertile and usually calcareous soils. Habitats include grasslands, hedge banks, road verges and scrub but not pasture as it is vulnerable to grazing. ... It is also a ready coloniser of bare or sparsely vegetated ground such as quarries.

The Difference Between Oregano and Marjoram
While the oval, flat green leaves of these mint-family herbs are often confused for one another, each one has a distinct smell and flavor that sets it apart. Oregano tends to be pungent and spicy, while more mild marjoram is floral and woodsy.



Marjoram is LIKELY SAFE in food amounts and POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth in medicinal amounts for short periods of time. Marjoram is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when used long-term or when applied to the eye or skin as fresh marjoram.
The actual toxins in marjoram are not known, but it causes gastric irritation, leading to diarrhea and vomiting. Some of the other side effects from Marjoram are slow heart rate, low blood sugar, gastrointestinal blockage, ulcers, respiratory irritation, seizures, and bleeding disorders such as slow clotting.

While similar to oregano, it has a milder flavor and is often used to garnish salads, soups, and meat dishes. tomato-based dishes,tomato sauce and pizza,
Rejuvenates hair: Rinsing hair with Marjoram provides vital nutrients and minerals, helping to rejuvenate the hair from its roots and emerge with a smooth texture. Dilute 10 to 15 drops of Marjoram essential oil into a pail of lukewarm water.
Boil the water and pour into a tea maker (or a heat safe glass pitcher).
Add the dried marjoram to the water and cover the mix.
Allow to steep for at least 30 minutes.
Strain the tea leaves.
Store the tea in the fridge. It will stay fresh for up to 4 days.
A cat that has ingested marjoram plant material will often experience significant irritation of the tissues of the mouth. Because of this irritation, the cat will begin to produce excessive amounts of saliva in an attempt to wash the offending chemicals out of its mouth.

It is also used as a “nerve tonic” and a “heart tonic,” and to promote better blood circulation. Marjoram oil is used for coughs, gall bladder complaints, stomach cramps and digestive disorders, depression, dizziness, migraines, nervous headaches, nerve pain, paralysis, coughs, runny nose
The fragrance of sweet marjoram is known for its calming qualities and is recommended for insomnia. If your brain is relaxed and calm, it's better able to prepare your body for a good night's sleep.
Marjoram has been used in a variety of traditional and folk remedies and can provide important health benefits. For example, compounds derived from marjoram have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. Marjoram may be beneficial to hormonal health, especially for women.
Have antimicrobial activity
alleviate digestive issues
Marjoram has historically been used to prevent digestive issues like stomach ulcers and certain

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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #535 on: April 13, 2021, 10:02:51 AM »


Lambs ear

Stachys byzantina Also known as  Woolly hedgenettle - The lamb's-ear we know the plant as just Lambs ear
 Is a species of flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae, native to Turkey, Armenia, and Iran, Europe It is cultivated over much of the temperate world as an ornamental plant, and is naturalised in some locations as an escapee from gardens. Plants are very often found under the synonym Stachys lanata or Stachys olympica. Lamb's-ear flowers in late spring and early summer; plants produce tall spike-like stems with a few reduced leaves. The flowers are small and light purple. The plants tend to be evergreen but can "die" back during cold winters and regenerate new growth from the crowns.
Lamb's-ears are herbaceous perennials, usually densely covered with gray or silver-white, silky-lanate hairs They are named lamb's ears because of the leaves' curved shape and white, soft, fur-like hair coating
The genus name, Stachys is Greek for “an ear of grain,” referring to the shape of the flower stalks.
Byzantina, the species name, refers to the its Middle Eastern origin.
Flowering stems are erect, often branched, and tend to be 4-angled, growing 40–80 cm tall. The leaves are thick and somewhat wrinkled, densely covered on both sides with gray-silver colored, silky-lanate hairs; the undersides are more silver-white in color than the top surfaces. The leaves are arranged oppositely on the stems and 5 to 10 cm long. The leaf petioles are semiamplexicaul (the bases wrapping halfway around the stem) with the basal leaves having blades oblong-elliptic in shape, measuring 10 cm long and 2.5 cm wide (though variation exists in cultivated forms). The leaf margins are crenulate but covered with dense hairs, the leaf apexes attenuate, gradually narrowing to a rounded point.

Family:   Lamiaceae
Genus:   Stachys
Species:   S. byzantina
Binomial name
Stachys byzantina
Although its a sun lover, it may not look its best when hot is combined with humid. It can wilt and go moldy, especially with a lot of rain.
Thrives in almost any soil that is well drained
As the plant grows it spreads outward from the center and creates a “bald” or dead spot in the center.  It can take on somewhat of  a “moldy” look when this happens.
Usually seen on bare waste ground.
Naturalised widely across Britain, and Europe, USA

The flowering spikes are 10–22 cm long, producing verticillasters that each have many flowers and are crowded together over most of the length on the spike-like stem. The leaves produced on the flowering stems are greatly reduced in size and subsessile, the lower ones slightly longer than the interscholastic and the upper ones shorter than the verticillasters. The leaf bracteoles are linear to linear-lanceolate in shape and 6 mm long.
The flowers have no pedicels (sessile)[A pedicel is a stem that attaches a single flower to the inflorescence. Such inflorescences are described as pedicellate.] and the calyx is tubular-campanulate in shape, being slightly curved and 1.2 cm long. The calyx is glabrous except for the inside surface of the teeth, having 10 veins with the accessory veins inconspicuous. The 2–3 mm long calyx teeth are ovate-triangular in shape and are subequal or the posterior teeth larger, with rigid apices. The corollas have some darker purple tinted veins inside; they are 1.2 cm long with silky-lanate hairs but bases that are glabrous. The corolla tubes are about 6 mm long with the upper lip ovate in shape with entire margins; the lower lips are subpatent with the middle lobe broadly ovate in shape, lateral lobes oblong. The stamen filaments are densely villous from the base to the middle. The styles are exserted much past the corolla. There are immature nutlets without hairs, brown in color and oblong in shape.

No, lamb's ears plants are not poisonous or toxic;

Gardens, Parks, Leaves and flowers can be used slightly bitter vegetable. For example in Brazil, where it is called Lambari, it is fried in batter. And can be used in salad Drinks Tea which supposedly has a sweet, apple-like flavor
 lamb's ear. Not only can you use grown or foraged lamb's ear leaves can be use as toilet paper
 interest to organic rose growers might be the fact that Lambs Ear is a host plant for the Mealybug Destroyer which also preys on thrips.  Thrips are a common pest problem for rose growers and having a natural predator close by would be beneficial.

Leaves and flowers of Stachys byzantina have been used for centuries, mainly for it's antibacterial, antiseptic, antipyretic and astringent properties. Laboratory studies confirmed those values of this herb, which are coused by flavonoids and tanins that it contain. Juice squized over stings reduces swellings. Infusions are helpfull with colds, diarrhea, throat and gums infections, asthma, internal bleedings, varicose veins and also strengthens liver and heart. Fresh leaves squeezed in order to release it's antiseptic, anti-inflammatory juices onto the surface are excelent cover for wounds and simmered and cooled, can be used as an eyewash for pikeye and sties.
nteresting that the genus of Lambs Ear was long ago used for bandages — obviously because of it’s softness.  Additional  benefit was derived from other species of the genus that have antiseptic properties. The liquid from their leaves would seep into the wounds from the applied leaf-bandage helping to heal cuts, burns, scrapes and boils.
Lamb's ear has a sedative effect on the central nervous system, but it has been indicated for use in many other conditions including, but not limited to, dropsy, hypertension, dyspepsia, bladder stone, asthma, depression, gout, headache, kidney stone, nephrosis, neuralgia, menstrual cramps, joint pains, diarrhea relief

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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #536 on: April 20, 2021, 09:51:56 AM »


When walking around Arillas what is your favourite plant could it be

Brugmansia   Angel's trumpets
Datura     devil's trumpets
Or a climber
Campsis    Trumpet vines

mine is the Campsis at the Armourada Taverna

So what is yours


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« Reply #537 on: April 23, 2021, 11:45:06 AM »
I love the wine in Brouklis :)

Life is good ;)

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« Reply #538 on: April 23, 2021, 06:12:40 PM »
Glad you do as, it has been alledged that, I tread the grapes. - But I would wash my feet in bleach, first.
(Always forget to cut my toenails, though.)
Drink good wine and pick yer teith at the same time??? - Wot could be better??

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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #539 on: April 24, 2021, 11:30:30 AM »
I love the wine in Brouklis :)

Did you ever taste Spiros home made Rose, it was as lovely as he was. god bless him.

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