Thursday, March 3, 2011

Shepherd's Purse

Named because the leaf pods resemble the pouches which were carried by shepherds. (When I was a kid, I was told it was because shepherds were poor, and if you opened these pods, they were empty - like a shepherd's purse).
Other less common names include Shepherd's Heart, Pick Pocket, Mother's Heart, Lady's Purse, Witches' Pouches and Saint James Weed.  It is used as an herbal blood coagulant and is believed to have diuretic properties as well.  I just think it's pretty.

Linking in to Clytie for Guest Heart Thursday.

27 comments:

Clytie said...

I found a Shepherd's Purse plant several years ago, and waited for it to come back ... it never did and I was soooo disappointed! I love that the little seed pods are hearts - how come I've never noticed that before??? Thank you for this amazing heart find!

beth said...

it is pretty....we have nothing blooming here at all.....oh march, let's do this thing.....spring already !!!

wayside wanderer said...

Sweet little plant. I am ready for things to green up!

Dani said...

adorable tiny cuties!

Sarah Knight said...

Cool shots! Interesting story on the name
: )

The Hunter's Wife said...

It's very pretty and I don't think I've seen any before.

Deb said...

I love when fellow bloggers teach me something. I had never heard of that plant. Pretty photo.

Dawn said...

What a neat story on the name!
Lovely spring pictures...ahhhh:)

Home In The Hollow said...

I'll have to keep my eyes & ears open for that one! Very dainty!...:)JP

Jennifer said...

Cute lil hearts.

heyBJK said...

I did not know that. Learned something new today. Nice close-up's, T!

Sandra said...

love the photo and love all those names.

Bare bilder - Pictures only said...

Beautiful pictures:)So nice to see flowers blooming right now:)
Here we are still waiting for spring to come:)
Have a nice day:)

Louise said...

Look at those sweet little flowers! So clean and white against the green. Those are lovely shots!

Eyeliquor said...

Nice words and captures!

Cher' Shots said...

They are so petite and pretty!
'hugs from afar'

Deb said...

what a sweet flower...never heard of it...see that's why I like your blog...always learning something new...

Farm Girl said...

It will also start labor. I used to stare at it and think of drinking it as a tea to go into labor and I never did. I think of it every time I see it, though I love the tiny heart shaped leaves. :)

Inger-M said...

What a cute flower!

Millie said...

I bet it tastes yummy too! And it's GREEN. I am jealous of your green.

~Cheryl said...

It's a beautiful plant; the hearts are so dainty. Good eye!

Angela said...

It's beautiful! I don't think I've seen one in West Virginia.

gowestferalwoman said...

I remember things that bloom...sigh.

Come on now, dont you miss the winters up north? the perpetual snow cover? the icy storms in April?

just a little bit? lol

Allison said...

I wouldn't mind a bouquet of that on the kitchen table today... so springy!

Paula said...

Beautiful...

Sandra said...

this is news to me, they are beautiful what ever they are called, i love wild flowers of any and every kind and these come with a story.

Furry Bottoms said...

Ah, I've never heard of a shepherd's purse before. Those pods are pretty!

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