Images of the day

Oct. 10, 2021

I have limited experience with downy lobelia. The ones I have seen have been very variable. This one from the last Ohio trip is the deepest color I've seen. The one on the blog page is the lightest. Flowers have varied in length from about a quarter inch to these, which are close to three times that long. The plants may vary from almost smooth to quite downy. In any case, they're eye catching enough to occasionally show up in gardens. They are wild in AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NJ, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV. Adams Co OH, 10/2/21. Bellflower family, Campanulaceae.

Oct. 9, 2021

A misnomer? Villosa means hairy. Striped gentian is smooth. Perhaps this was an early version of Moe and Larry's sidekick? I had been curious to see what part was hairy, and now that I have had a look, I'm in on the joke. In a previous time, people would use striped gentian to treat snakebite. In those times it was Sampson's snakeroot, and is still occasionally called that. Striped gentian grows in AL, DE, FL, GA, IN, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV. Scioto Co OH, 10/2/21. Gentian family, Gentianaceae.

Oct. 8, 2021

Aromatic asters were scattered along our route last Saturday. They particularly seemed to like those roadsides. Where mowing had chopped them down they grew back more compact and beautiful than before. The flowers have no scent, but the leaves are sweetly aromatic. The Navajo used a decoction of them to protect from witchcraft. Aromatic aster grows in AL, AR, CO, DE, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, WI, and WV. Adams CO OH, 10/2/21. Aster family, Asteraceae.

Oct. 7, 2021

So many blue gentians, but then there's this. White gentians stand out from their crowd. Sadly, these were fading, but still a delight to see. Many gentians are particular about where they grow, looking for just the right soil and light. That makes an elusive and much sought goal for wildflower enthusiasts. White, pale, cream, plain or yellow gentian grows in AR, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, OH, OK, PA, WV, MB, and ON. Adams Co OH, 10/2/21. Gentian family, Gentianaceae.

Oct. 6, 2021

This small plant of longflower beeblossom was just finishing its season at Lynx Prairie Preserve. I shot it on spec, not knowing if it was longflower or biennial beeblossom. We now know this one has curly hairs on the stem, while biennial has straight ones. Otherwise the are a lot alike. Longflower grows in AL, AR, CO, CT, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NE, OH, OK, PA, TN, TX, WI, and ON. Adams Co OH, 10/2/21. Willowherb family, Onagraceae.