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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Mom! I got a rash!

If you are wondering what caused the itchy rash on your arm after you were working in the garden, this neat database might clear things up. (SMILE)

Col Climate Gardening serves up this link to the Botanical Dermatology Databse, a clearing house of information on those garden things that cause some of us to break out.

We once thought the lantana in our garden had caused a rash on my son, Joe, but subsequent exposures did not cause any problems. Other than that, we seem to be fairly free of irritating plants beyond the thorns of the roses and the sickle-thorn fern in the back garden.

The Botanical Dermatology Database If you have a rash or other skin problem that you think might be plant related, trying using the search engine at the Botanical Dermatology Database. I checked out my family's old enemy Pastinaca sativa (aka wild parsnip), and learned a few things. First of all, wild parsnip and cultivated parsnip are the same [...]

(Via Cold Climate Gardening.)


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