Nov. 20, 2017

two-flower cynthia, Krigia biflora

Here's the inconsistently two-flowered cynthia. I've always enjoyed it because it seems a little off color. There are so many yellow flowered plants in the aster family. This one gives us something different, with a very nice shade of yellow orange. The flower heads are about an inch across. Like the cinquefoil, this grows on slightly drier spots in the fen. Long ago, the fen at Ives was ditched in a failed attempt to drain it for agriculture. Some of those drains remain despite our efforts, and the soil at the upper edges is one of the spots where you might find cynthia. She grows in slightly off neutral soil in open woods and fields and fens in AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT(S), DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, TN, VA, WI, WV, MB, and ON. Ives FEn Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 5/13/12.