Thursday, December 4, 2008
Maclura pomifera, commonly called Osage Oranges or Hedge-Apples, is a native American plant, found mostly from Missouri through Oklahoma and in the other Great Plain States. It grows well in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia also. As a native plant, it was used by the Indians as bow wood. The thorny thickets were planted as enclosure hedges for cattle during colonial days. They make great pomanders, as a substitute for rare oranges and they are also a source of orange and green natural dye. Many places list the Osage oranges as plants that repel insects, especially cockroaches. We like to use them in our holiday decorating. It is easy to poke a dowel rod in the hedge orange and poke them into a planter. They are beautiful sprayed gold as well and are always a conversation piece. Visit here for additional information.