Mar. 30, 2018

enchanter's nightshade, Circaea canadensis

It's amazing how different flowers can be within a family. One would not guess that these tiny flowers, rarely a quarter inch long, share a family with evening-primrose and fuchsia. They're not really very enchanting, particularly if you've picked enough of their burs off your clothing. This image, with red sepals, is about as interesting as they get. One might even speculate that they weren't even interesting enough to name until a specimen could be collected in Canada. Enchanter's nightshade grows in woods in AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY, MB, NB, NS, ON, PE, QC, and Eurasia. Lenawee Co MI, 8/10/11.