Jun. 14, 2017


This is what I saw through the camera, laying on my stomach in a field at Kitty Todd Preserve.  Yes, that's my finger, helping to steady the flower, and push grass blades out of the way.  Obviously I knew I was going to crop this shot.  It was an unusually nice patch of this plant.  The burn they did last year probably helped.  Milkworts, particularly this one, also have cleistogamous flowers.  In effect, that means they are cloistered.  They never open, and are self fertilizing.  In this case those flowers are on branches that grow from the base of the plant.  They sprawl along, or sometimes even partly under, the ground.  It's an interesting looking sight.