Eucalyptus – 1

Eucalyptus - 1

“An essential oil extracted from eucalyptus leaves contains compounds that are powerful natural disinfectants and can be toxic in large quantities. Several marsupial herbivores, notably koalas and some possums, are relatively tolerant of it. The close correlation of these oils with other more potent toxins called formylated phloroglucinol compounds (euglobals, macrocarpals and sideroxylonals) allows koalas and other marsupial species to make food choices based on the smell of the leaves. For koalas, these compounds are the most important factor in leaf choice.”

Wikipedia

Gerber – 33

Gerber - 33
“Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men and animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.

Star Papers – Henry Ward Beecher

Thistle – 4

Thistle - 4
“In agriculture the Thistle is the recognized sign of untidiness and neglect, being found not so much in barren ground, as in good ground not properly cared for. It has always been a plant of ill repute among us; Shakespeare classes ‘rough Thistles’ with ‘hateful Docks,’ and further back in the history of our race we read of the Thistle representing part of the primeval curse on the earth in general, and on man in particular, for – ‘Thorns also and Thistles shall it bring forth to thee.'”

A Modern Herbal Mrs. M. Grieve http://botanical.com