May. 3, 2017

flowering dogwood, Cornus florida

This wonderfully misnamed choice today is for Bev. I hope your eyes have cleared, and your glasses are working. Most of what we can see here are not flowers, and have nothing to do with dogs. People really like dogs, even the new puppy with his sharp teeth and bad manners. That helps make this a memorable plant. Can you remember anyone ever asking what flower this is? Dogwood has evolved from the original daggerwood. The hard wood was used to make small implements and wooden parts like dowels. And to complicate things, most of what we see is not a flower. The actual flowers are the small greenish yellow parts in the centers. The large white bracts are adapted from leaves. This popular plant is the state flower of North Carolina, and the state tree of Missouri and Virginia. It grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME(E), MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY(V), OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT(T), WV, and ON(E). Lenawee Co MI, 5/21/11.