Apr. 6, 2017

heartleaf skullcap, Scutellaria ovata

Thinking in the shower. I thought of saying synergy in the shower, but that may have been too ambiguous. Anyway, it occured to me that there are parallels to my time helping preserve plants and natural communities, and my four years on a state affirmative action advisory committee. Disadvantaged people and natural communities have not fared well when no one helps. Heartleaf skullcap needs help in Michigan. It was reported in 1918. In 2007 I was wandering around Ives Fen Preserve and found a plant I didn't recognize. That turned out to be this species, and it was only the second find in the state. It's always satisfying to find something like this where you immediately know it will be protected. This plant grows to about two feet, with inch long flowers. It is a woodland species in AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, KS, LA, MD, MI(T), MN(T), MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, and WV. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 6/27/11