Jan. 9, 2019

fernleaf yellow false foxglove, Aureolaria pedicularia

Fernleaf yellow false foxglove, what a mouthful. If it's going to be a foxglove, I guess you've got to let people know it's a yellow foxglove, not purple. Then you've got to be specific about the species - fernleaf. Now we can talk about it and know what we've got. But I've got a suggestion. Call it fernleaf. A quick search doesn't turn up any plants just called fernleaf. And while we're griping, twenty-two scientific names?! They now seem to have settled on Aureolaria and pedicularia. But it's been a long and tortuous path. In any case, fernleaf is worth talking about. These inch or more long flowers are quite beautiful, particularly when there's dozens of them on a bushy plant two or three feet tall. The plant is hemiparasitic, mostly on oak roots. Fernleaf grows in CT, DE, GA, IA(E), IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME(S), MI, MN(T), MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, and ON. Kitty Todd Preserve, Lucas Co OH, 8/9/13.