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Plants for Soil Remediation

 

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As we know, much soil today is badly polluted with industrial waste and chemicals as well as pathogenic organisms from farms, sewage, and pharmaceutical residuals. Ideally, land that has been harmed by toxins and inadequate management of the environment would be planted with flowers that are not used for either food or medicine. In many cases, the plants themselves would eventually have to be removed. Meanwhile, there are a few plants that are specific for remediation following nuclear contamination, first of which is sunflower. The seeds will remain edible but the stalks and roots will have absorbed the radioactivity and should not therefore be used for composting food crops.

 

Rumex acetosella

 

Sorrel, Sheep Sorrel, 100 seeds, organic

Sheep"s sorrel is the host for small copper butterly and it is also eaten by grazing animals. It can be found in quite bad soil but it prefers the same habitat as blueberries. Its leaves are high in beta carotene and have a number of uses including Essiac tea. It is a parasiticide, for intestinal parasites.

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Sunflower Fat Mama
Helianthus annuus

 

Sunflower, Russian, 50 seeds, organic

These sunflowers are the type preferred by birds as well as for expressing oil. They grow about five feet tall and beans can be planted between them as the beans will run up the stalks of the sunflowers. This variety produces a very large seed head that matures in 60 days. Sunflower can also be used to detoxify soil, including reducing the radioactivity from exposure to nuclear hazards.

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Achillea millefolium

 

Yarrow Seeds, 200 pack

Cultivation: Easy. Sow in flat or direct seed. Germinates in about 8 days in warm soils. Space plants 18 inches apart. Grows vigorously in any kind of soil. Prefers full sun and very little water. Yarrow is a vulnerary (antiseptic), anti-inflammatory, hemostatic.

Herbaceous perennial. Native to temperate zones worldwide. Spreads joyfully. This is the hardy white-flowered species, wild harvested from the Oregon Siskiyou Mountains.

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Anemopsis californica

 

Yerba Mansa, 100 seeds, open pollinated

This is a creeping herbaceous perennial that likes alkaline soil. It can survive in salty and brackish soil. It can be used as a ground cover or soil enhancer. It is hardy to 25 degrees Fahrenheit and spreads through runners. It is sometimes known by the name of Lizard"s Tail. Germination often requires high temperatures and sometimes takes three months. Be patient!

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