Saturday, July 12, 2008

Chrysanthemums ~ A Natural Fly Screen...

An old gentlemen came into the store this morning. He bought some of the metered fly spray. This is not significant in itself except for what he proceeded to tell me about one of the ingredients.

The fly spray contains Pyrethrins. He asked if I knew what Pyrethrins was. No, I did not. Well...Pyrethrins is the oil from Chrysanthemum petals. Years ago people would use Chrysanthemums in their window boxes as a natural fly screen. (Correction: The Pyrethrin oil is from the seed pods.)

The oil in the petals is toxic to flying insects. Sounds like a beautiful flowering plant that would go great around patios and bar-b-que areas!

Artwork by Phyllis Mae Richardson Fisher ~ Copyright 2006
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Serendipity said...

That's interesting. Didn't know that.

Naomi said...

Sounds interesting Janey. Citronella is good for keeping insects at bay too. Hope you are ok and enjoying your new job. Haven't seen you around on the Blogosphere for a while.

The Gatekeeper said...

That's pretty interesting J. I so love the artwork. It always makes me smile and feel like I'm in a safe place. Anyway, just wanted to say hi and whatnot.

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