by Texas Homesteader ~
When our youngest daughter was a toddler she used to love the late-winter weed henbit because to her it looked like a bunny rabbit, hence the name ‘Bunny Flower’. Some may just see a weed, others see something fascinating. It’s all in your perception, folks. Look for the fascinating things in your life today!
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How sweet! 🙂
Ah from the mouths of babes, eh JES? ~TxH~
Very cute. I think I remember seeing those flowers when I lived in Ohio.
Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop.
This is one of my favorite “weeds”, but I never really knew what it was called! Thanks for the bit of info. I remember picking them by the handfuls as a child, my children have done it, and we continue to enjoy their unique beauty each spring. How sweet that this humble little plant that is so considered a weed got a whole post (and it does look like a bunny – never noticed that!) 🙂
Thanks for sharing.
I love these ‘bunny flowers’ too Karen, it’s always a sweet trip down memory lane for me when I see them blooming this time of year. ~TxH~
I love seeing it’s mounds humming with bees.
So for that reason,I leave it.
Like you say,as soon as it heats up,it goes away,although,I have some in my front yard perking up and thinking about blooming! ☺
I’m going to experiment with using it as mulch in the veggie garden this year Shirley. ~TxH~
I have henbit in my yard as well. I have tried to eliminate it in the past but have now decided to let it be. I sleep better and it doesn’t do any harm where it is now. I tilled up the eastern side yard to make an herb garden and most of my problem went away. Now it lives near the woods on my property and the deer and bunnies graze back there. It does look like a funny bunny and a giraffe head! 🙂
I’m learning to embrace it in the garden as well Lynn. In the meantime, it’s always a nostalgic stroll down memory lane to a very sweet time when I see these ‘bunny flowers’ each spring! ~TxH~
I’ve never seen anything like it before. Kids can give things names that stick for life. – Margy
The sight of them makes me smile each spring Margy. ~TxH~
The common name for Henbit is Giraffe Head ; not to be confused with Creeping Charlie. The Henbit plant is edible and is a member of the mint family. Henbit does not smell minty, but it is an edible mint for humans but not so good for farm animals. It causes “staggers” in sheep, horses, and cattle.
Favorite plant among chickens as well as hummingbirds. Also a great plant for erosion control.
I’ve heard that it’s edible but (in their words) not very tasty. This year I’m thinking of allowing the henbit to remain in my garden as it doesn’t last once the heat is on and it then becomes a mulch of sorts. Hummmm… ~TxH~