Images of the day

Nov. 25, 2022

Yellow anemone is an east European/west Asian native. It is popular among gardeners wherever a small spring ephemeral is desired. Kind of cool to have an anemone that looks so much like a buttercup? It has become wild in western Europe and Quebec. Jenkins Arboretum, Chester Co PA, 4/20/21. Buttercup family, Ranunculaceae.

Nov. 24, 2022

Creeping goldenaster used to be Jones' false goldenaster. Then the horticulturists discovered that it makes a very good mounding plant for dry country gardens. Ot dry, to-well-drained spots in more rainy country. And apparently discovered that creeping is more marketable than Jones. It is native to a limited area in southern Utah, but on this day was spotted in a Washtenaw MI garden, 6/18/21. Aster family, Asteraceae.

Nov. 23, 2022

These beautiful orchids are about an inch and a half across, on stems a couple of feet high. Beautiful! Then looking them up, excitement! There's a sibling species twice as big! Disappointment! FNA tells us the only place those were found is now Miami. Their "persistence is doubtful". But look on the net, and more excitement! We CAN see Haitian pink, just go farther south. Then even more excitement! Bletia patula was just found at one spot in the Everglades. Anyway, back to the smaller ones. Pinepinks can be seen in damp pinelands and swamps in south Florida at almost any time of year. In this instance the folks at Big Cypress Preserve were very helpful. Collier Co FL, 1/25/13. Orchid family, Orchidaceae.

Nov. 22, 2022

Everyone seems to agree that slender greenthread grows in Texas. But beyond the Lone Star is the question. Flora of North America says the species is used in roadside plantings and may occur as a waif, for example in California. FDA simply says slender greenthread occurs in New Mexico and Arizona. It seems the roadside planters may have confused things. And maybe they helped with today's image, since it was from a nicely floriferous roadside. Travis Co TX, 4/17/22. Aster family, Asteraceae.

Nov. 21, 2022

Mountain or bog pine is native to the southern portion of Europe. Its small stature makes it a tempting species for landscaping and planters, and erosion control. It has now become invasive in northern Europe and Australasia. New Zealand spends millions on control efforts. Here, there is no mention of it in Flora of North America. But FDA reports it from MA, NH, WI, AB, BC, ON, and QC. Slow learners, aren't we! Cultivated, Lenawee Co MI, 5/18/15. Pine family, Pinaceae.