Jan. 8, 2018

pale St. John's-wort, Hypericum montanum

Hidden Lake Gardens has come up several times lately, and here we are again. Pale St. John's-wort is a weed there on the hosta hillside. There's a small stream running down the slope, and this plant grows near it. As far as I can tell, that is the only place it grows in North America. It is a brand new alien landing. When I first saw it I didn't know what it was, but knew enough to know I didn't. It took me a season of browsing the net, then finally getting smart and referring to a manual of European plants at the Adrian College library. Now I'm tempted to take a poll. Should I continue to watch it very gradually spread there among the hosta? Or should I suggest they kill it and delay the arrival of yet another alien? So far I've just told them what they've got. This native of Europe and the mountains of North Africa was photographed on 6/7/12.