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Plantidote of the Day 2013-02-04

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Geranium

The closest I could come to the Baltimore Ravens's team colors, black and purple. Not that I give a flying fish about football, but I have been watching so many episodes of "The Wire" (aka, the best television series ever) that I feel like I live in Baltimore. Hence the somewhat lame 'team spirit' Plantidote, which is actually more about David Simon, the series creator and someone who seems to actually care about other people, including the poor, and found a way to use mass media as a vehicle for enlightenment, and maybe even change (gasp!). Tomorrow, we return to our regularly scheduled, plant-based stories. Today, we're honoring a genius, a city that seems to have needed a big win (no offense intended), and some kind of game played by grown men. Go, B'more!

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Submitted by lambert on

And my mother loved them, I think for the same reasons: A spot of red in any landscape is pleasing to the eye, and geraniums are tough and don't need a lot of water. I think also the smell may keep away insects....

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