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Garden Hortiscopes & History: Lincoln's birthday

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thuja57
Westfield, IN

February 13, 2009
12:55 AM

Post #6130838

Hello all! I heard a little bit of history of honest Abe today and found how plants were an important part of it...His mother died of "milk sickness". Thousands of people died from this before they figured out what caused it..When i tracked that down the disease was found to be caused by drinking milk or eating meat of animals that fed on "White Snakeroot"...thought to be a relative of the eupatoriums, i was a little disheartened to find that one of my favorite "Joe Pye Weed's cousins caused such trouble...Lots of toxic (and medicinal) plants out there.Check it out.
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

February 13, 2009
1:33 AM

Post #6131039

eeewww, I've heard of bitterweed, it makes the milk taste terrible. Never thought about toxins being in the milk. Wow.

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


February 18, 2009
3:59 PM

Post #6155688

Thanks! I've added Mrs. Lincoln's date (and cause) of death to the garden history database, so this bit of interesting history will appear on that date ;o)
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

February 20, 2009
7:31 PM

Post #6165954

That is an interesting piece of garden history. I've never heard of that sickness before. Yikes!

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