Images of the day

May. 31, 2020

These slightly off-color flowers are about two thirds of an inch across. They're not very attractive to the human eye. We've talked of Dangerfield plants before, and this certainly seems to fit. It doesn't seem to show up in any references except for brief descriptions. The whole plant is hairy and sometimes purplish.
Just not very pleasing to the human eye. But like Rodney, it puts itself out there anyway, and somehow makes it work. Hairy waterleaf blooms a little later than its relatives in AL, AR, GA, IL, IN, KY, MS, NC, MD(T), OH, PA(E), TN, VA, and WV. Chateau Nivale Preserve, Adams Co OH, 5/27/20. Borage family, Boraginaceae.

May. 30, 2020

Right now in the Appalachian hills you can see largeflowered valerians. It's a woodland species, up to three feet tall, with flowers an inch long. Those flowers may be a little more pink than those shown here. It's probably visited by butterflies, but often is self pollinated. Largeflower valerian grows in AL, IL, IN, KY, MD(E), NC, OH, PA, TN, VA, and WV. Chateau Nivale Preserve, Adams Co OH, 5/27/20. Valerian family, Valerianaceae.

May. 29, 2020

Fire! Fire! Back south again yesterday. I've missed yelling fire in an empty forest. Too long since I've seen this old favorite. Particularly too long since I've seen ones that really looked good. Examples I've seen in Michigan just don't seem as robust, even in gardens. It's more like, "Fire? Fire?" The trip went as usual, some terrific new things, some missed. Fire pink grows in woods and borders in AL, AR, DE, FL(E), GA, IA, IL, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI(T), MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI(E), WV, and ON. Chateau Nivale Preserve, Adams CO OH, 5/28/20. Pink family (Which explains why a red flower is called pink), Caryophyllaceae.

May. 28, 2020

Canada lily varies in color from yellow to almost red. The sepals and petals are not as swept back as Michigan lily, which is in the background. Canada lily buds and roots are edible. This grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IN(R), KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY(V), OH, PA, RI(T), SC, TN(T), VA, VT, WV, NB, NS, ON, and QC. Beal Gardens, MSU, 6/24/12. Lily family, Liliaceae.

May. 27, 2020

Common wood rush has a bit of a troubled past. It's picked up some aliases, Luzula campestris, L. frigida, L. intermedia, L. kobayasii, L. sudetica, or L. echinata. This particular specimen happened to be right in a ray of sunshine, making a irresistible shot even without petals and color. Those fuzzy pistils will do just fine. Common wood rush grows in AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY, in all provinces, and on GL and SPM. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 5/25/20. Rush family, Juncaceae.