Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Hairy Galinsoga (Common Quickweed, Shaggy Soldier) (Galinsoga quadriradiata): Images

Date Location Notes Images
June 26, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire This is a common weed in the public gardens. It is extremely hairy and edible (cooked). The easiest way to differentiate it from Lesser Quickweed (Galinsoga parviflora) is that Lesser Quickweed is much less hairy. In addition, the pappus (modified calyx crowning the ovary) of the disk flowers for Hairy Galinsoga has an awn (narrow bristle) tip. The pappus of the ray flowers of Hairy Galinsoga is well-developed, but poorly-developed for Lesser Quickweed.