Feb. 22, 2017

thimbleweed, Anemone virginiana

Continuing with a day at the preserve, we have the last of the plants starting to go to seed. Again, the flower can be seen on the blog page. Next time I come up with a formula to decide which images to post, it will only include flowers. But this does begin to illustrate why Anemones got their name. These carefully ordered seed heads will soon unfurl into a tangled mess of down and seeds. Unlike many wind borne seeds which are individually blown away, these cling to each other. This creates larger blobs that still seem to get the job done. Anemone's root is ultimately from the Greek anemos, meaning wind. This species grows mostly in open areas in AL, AR, CO, CT, DE, GA, IA, IN, AL, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI(X), SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY, AB, BC, MB, NF, NS, ON, QC, and SK. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 8/28/15