Dec. 11, 2017

whitlow-grass, Draba verna

After yesterday's incidental Draba, we'll focus on one today. Whitlow-grass is the one most commonly seen in the east, and perhaps just most common of the 300 world wide species. Originally in Canada and Eurasia, it has now spread south through much of the U. S. You can see it in the spring if you look carefully, and are quick about it. This small plant, with flowers less than a quarter inch, appears in weedy spots in early spring. And will be done in just a couple weeks. I suppose it's called grass because in the right spot it can cover the ground. It now grows in AL, AR, CA, CT, DE, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY, AB, BC, NB, NS, ON, and QC. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 4/10/11.