Jul. 23, 2017

cardinal-flower, Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal-flower repeats itself in one iteration. In an image, it creates its own background. If it was musical, we would talk about repeated variations on a theme. It would be a symphony. A loud one. Ode to Joy, loud and with kettle drums. Nothing catches your eye in late summer woods like a patch of cardinal-flower. It demands attention in every state except AK, HI, ID, MT, ND, SD, and OR; in Canada it only shows in NB, ON, and QC. It is listed as threatened in FL, vulnerable in NY, and restricted in AZ. Lenawee Co MI, 8/30/10.