Jun. 24, 2017

hairy woodmint, Blephilia hirsuta

Hairy is now a resident of Ives Fen Preserve. He previously grew about a mile downstream. This is a very aromatic member of the mint family. The flowers are about a quarter inch long. I am conflicted about moving plants into the preserve. Removing invasives is an easy decision. But moving things in seems somehow unnatural. Ultimately, I have to admit that the nature preserve is unnatural. The fen is relatively undisturbed, now that the invasive species are well controlled. But the rest has been affected by two centuries of logging, farming, and even a dam break. Bringing in native plants starts to seem more natural when all that is considered. Hairy woodmint is only one of a number of native plants that have been added. It grows in woods in AL, AR, CT(S), DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA(E), MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA, VT(T), WI, WV, ON, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 8/23/14.