Jun. 9, 2017

pale bergamot, Monarda clinopodia

Yesterday, Tim asked if I would give some pointers about wildflower photography. I'm going to start doing that today, and every other day or so for a while. As with anything, the best advice is an answer to a question. So as we go along, please ask them! Also as with anything, you get the best results if you have a plan. I had read about this discovery in another south Michigan county, and decided to look for it here. I learned its habitat, low woods, and the keys to identification. It has long hairs on the petioles, while the common bergamot does not. Conversely, common bergamot has long hairs at the tips of the flowers, and pale bergamot does not. On that particular day, the plan came together, and here we have pale bergamot. It wasn't just another day of, "What the heck is this?", or "Is that something different or not?" This bergamot grows in AL, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, NJ(E), NY(E), OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, and WV. Lenawee Co MI, 7/21/11.