Thursday, June 10, 2010

U is for ...

Jenny Matlock

How's that for an unusual U word?

Umbelliferae is the name of a family of plants, which includes herbs such as:  dill, chervil, cicely, lovage, Queen Anne's lace, and others.  These plants have flower heads that are in an umbrellaish (my own u word)  shape called umbels.

 The most interesting tidbit I discovered about the Umbelliferae family is that almost all of these plants are good companion plants in the garden.  The tiny flowers in their umbels attract ladybugs and other good bugs to your garden, which is a very useful trait. 

OK, so it's a stretch, but the only herb I could think of that begins with u, Uva Ursi (though I prefer the Native American name- Kinnikinnick) is used for treating urinary (another u for me) tract infections, which is very unpleasant or maybe uncomfortable, to even think about.  However, it is good information to have if you are unfortunate enough to need it.   To learn more about Uva Ursi click here.

So, you might want to plant some garden helpers from the Umbelliferae family, and maybe some Uva Ursi, too!

That's it for the letter U here at Love Living Simply.

Until next time, visit Jenny Matlock for more Alphabe-Thursday fun!


  1. Such a lot of Unbelievably Unusual information!
    Wishing you a Happy Alphabe-Thursday!
    PS Mine this week is HERE. Hope you can join me!

  2. i love that they attract ladybugs :D

  3. I just love learning something new! I think i need to plant some dill ... it would be perfect!

  4. Thank you for the great u information...

  5. Well that was a lot of very Useful information! I have a lot of kinnickinnik here - didn't know about it's medicinal use.

  6. I think your post is fantastic! I love Umbelliferous flowers. I posted a picture of a milkweed on my blog...great minds think alike:-) peace and blessings

  7. I love the look of Queen Anne's Lace, very pretty. I just read someone's blog the other day that was talking about companion plants in the garden. It was the first time I ever heard of it. I've never had a UTI and thank goodness for that lol.

  8. so very interesting, thank you :) a follower

  9. Oh, I love this! I could have used this word in my Queen Anne's lace post! Darn! And then I would have looked all smart and everything!

    What a really interesting stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "U"!

    Definitely the most unusual word of the day for me!

    Thanks for helping make this meme so unbelievably cool!


  10. I learn so much here! I've never heard of uva ursi!


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