Jul. 9, 2017

rock harlequin, Capnoides sempervirens

Rock harlequin is part of nature's reclamation crew. It grows in thin soil among rocks, and now shows up in sites where man has disrupted things, leaving behind bare spots that challenge nature to redecorate. This unusual color combination does the job, and will do the same in your garden. The flowers are about a half inch, on sprawling stems. This one is at a fortunate stage. There is one of the long, narrow pods beginning to grow. When more of those begin to mature, it makes a challenging composition. Rock harlequin grows in AK, CT, GA, IA(T), IL(E), IN(E), KY(SC), MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI(SC), SC, TN(E), VA, VT, WI, WV, and through Canada. Beal Gardens, MSU, 7/1/17.