Thursday, April 26, 2012

Herba Epimedium (Yin Yang Huo)

The rain finally came after a very dry spell and all of the flowers and new leaves have rejoiced. One of my favorite flowers comes from the Epimedium plant. They are so delicate and unusual. I also love that the leaves grow in the shapes of hearts. 
Sometimes just looking at certain plants can be healing,  I find that this is the case with this delicate plant. 

The leaf of the Epimedium plant is known as Yin Yang Huo in Chinese herbal medicine. This herb reinforces Kidney Yang, expels wind and drains Dampness. It is pungent, sweet and warm and acts on the Liver and Kidneys. Epimedium brevicornum Maxin (Fam. Bereridacae) is traditionally used in herbal formulas. 

Below are four different Epimedium leaves that I arranged for a picture. They are also known as Rowdy Lamb Herb, Barrenwart, and Fairy Wings. They require well drained soil that is partly shaded. There are approximately 60 species of this beautiful plant. 

On a very different note, today for the very first time ever...I saw an Indigo Bunting bird ( Passeina cyanea) It was the most magical bird, it was sapphire blue. It took my breath away. Unfortunately, I was unable to get my camera in time, but just having seen it felt like such a blessing. 

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