Dec. 31, 2020

tall cinquefoil, Drymocallis arguta

What a pretty sight this was, growing on that rock ledge. Seemed like an unusual spot for a plant that's sometimes called prairie cinquefoil. And it was only about six inches tall, when it's prairie sibs get up to three feet. Turns out it's a clever little thing, and maybe not quite as innocent as those pretty white flowers indicate. We now know that the sticky little hairs on this plant can ingest any animal protein we might leave behind. So that barren looking spot may have had its advantages for this Audrey. Lure the prey with your pretty blooms, then digest their parts. Interesting way of saying, "Feed me, feed me!" Tall cinquefoil feeds in AK, AR(T), AZ, CO, CT(S), IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH(E), OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY, AB, BC, MB, NB, NT, ON, QC, SK, and YT. Keweenaw Co MI, 7/12/14. Rose family, Rosaceae.