Dec. 7, 2017

running strawberry-bush, Euonymus obovatus

Running strawberry-bush really doesn't look like a bush. Mostly it just sprawls across the ground for a couple feet. It's related to burning-bush, spindletrees, and wahoo. But there's not much wahoo here. The ones in my shade garden are practically invisible among the other plants. Even their pretty little pink and red fruit are something you have to search for. I think I like it because it's something to hunt for among the more obvious spring wildflowers. Luckily for strawberry-bush, the bees and flies that pollinate it, and the birds that disperse the seed have sharper eyes than I do. These half-inch flowers grow in forests in AR, GA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NC, NY(V), OH, PA, TN(S), and ON. Lenawee Co MI, 4/20/12.