Apr. 14, 2017

yellow monkswort, Nonea lutea

One thing I try here is to show unusual plants, or unusual aspects of plants. That will inevitably include the aliens. This less common one comes to us from southern Europe. Its virtue for gardens is its early bloom. In its first year it will bloom late but long. In the second year it blooms very early, and again continues for a long time. This was a March bloom in Michigan. We don't get a lot of those. Inflorescences in this family are often scorpioid. They are spikes of varying lengths that begin blooming at the base, and uncurl at the tip as they continue. Yellow monkswort has gone wild in KY, NY, and PA. Beal Gardens, Michigan State University, 3/25/12.