Wildflower Sunday…

One of my favorite little flowers-I have a lot I know-is the wild geranium(Geranium maculatum).This pretty little plant/flower has 5 rounded pink to lavender flowers with 3-7 leaves that are deeply lobed.It is basically a shade plant growing .3-.8 m(1-2.5 ft.) that blooms now till early summer.The wild geranium spreads by rhizomes  and becomes bushy.While this plant is in tim’s weed patch 1.0, you can find it in flood planes,woodland areas,and meadows.Bees-where you can find them-and moths like them along with deer and chipmunks.Wild geraniums are just a welcome site each spring!

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pic by td-thanks to illinoiswildflower.info for help-thanks for the stop!Happy Sunday.

 

 

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I should of known…

I aint’ going to lie on this. I really thought that an autumn dandelion was just a dandelion I would occasionally observe in yards this time of year.I had first read the term in Walden-shocker here! My mission -as always-is to identify weeds.I finally found it in a thicket off the trail .The fall dandelion is a little different from my symbol-the dandelion,so here goes.Also called autumn hawkbit-Leontodon autuminalis-is a member of the Asterceae family(daisy) that grows 4′-15″(10-40 cm) high with stemmed branches with single like flowers.The leaves are large toothed and is found where all weeds hang out-you know the names.The major difference from my dandelion is that the autumn weeds has branched stems with several capitiva-dense flat clusters of small flowers like a daisy.Now I know.

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pic by td-if you look at the leaves you can see where they are more large toothed and the flowers are flatter than it’s cousin.Thanks to luontoporttica.com for help.A nice site.

Two for Tuesday…

Two weeds for your Tuesday:

Toadflax-CLinaria vulgaris Hill-also called butter and eggs among others-is a yellow flower with a spur coming  to America in the 1800’s.It is a perennial advancing by seed and rhizomes with 9000 seeds airborne.

Bull thistle-Cirsium vulgare(Savi)-has a lot of names meaning it is all over the place.It’s origin is is Europe,Asia,N. Africa.It is a very large producer of seeds-400 per plant!.Bull thistle is found in waste places and fence rows.

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pic by td-both weeds from ‘waste places/disturbed areas”As Richard Maybe says these plants will cover the planet where man can not.

 

 

Adding even more color…

I know it is not a weed(more on that idea later) but growing in a pot on my deck-the “Cardinal Climber Vine”-Ipomoea sloreri-is a member of the morning glory family.Some seed companies call it “Cypress Vine”-I. quamoclit.It is a twinning vine with short-petioled leaves that are deep cut and have a nice red color.The vine can grow 15′ tall in it’s annual plant life and blooms mid summer into fall.An easy guess here, the bees,hummingbirds,and butterflies like them.Now the weed connection.The Cardinal Climber can be invasive in warmer climes and has “sparingly escaped from cultivation farther north”-‘Wildflowers of North America”-a Golden Field Guides book.And you all know how unruly morning glories can get!One final note-I will grow this plant on a trellis next year.Stay tuned.

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research from mrbrownthunb.blogspot

Along the roadside like the flower of gold…

Goldenrods-solidago canadensis(just for the post) number at least 125 species, mostly in NA.The book I was reading had 5 mentioned so I am guessing.The greatest concentration in the US is in the Northeast.In my travels i personally see a lot of goldenrods.They are a member of the Aster family-Asteraceae-growing 4’+ tall with the foliage that varies but mostly lanced shaped with small yellow heads and some species are bi color and even white called silverrod.As many times than not,weeds have been used by mankind.A tea called Blue Mountain Tea was brewed from the leaves-sounds good!

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Driving along…

On my commute to work I am on the look out for”what’s that weed?”Part of the commute passes by wooded farm areas and now I am seeing some of summer’s true colors,but I had better hurry some colors fade fast.I have had theses two flowering plants-at least for now-on my agenda to research.Well bicycling along the city trail-have Trek will travel-it hits me:”Eureka i have found it”.It is two for Monday.The first plant is a familiar weed-Pokeweed(Phytolacca americana) or a host of names-Virginia,inkberry,scoke,red ink plant, to name a few.it is a perennial nayive to eastern N.A. with a heavier concentration the South.The berry has been used for ink and the leaves as a vegetable.However the roots and berries are poisonous.By the way-the white flowers smell wonderful!

Next up-Staghorn Sumac(Rhus typhina)-also called scarlet sumac-is a rapidly growing tree with pale gray bark and large compound leaves.It’s fast growing manner  and a lack of pests have made it popular with city planners.It also tolerates any type of soiad can be found on hillsides and disturbed areas.Staghorn sumac can be found mostly in the eastern part of the U.S. and as far west as Iowa.It was planted as an ornamental but escaped-my new fav-cultivation.It produces a red,hairy cone like fruit at the tip of it’s branches.A few relatives are poison sumac and the tree-of-heaven.As usual our plants and weeds had uses in another life.The Native Americans used it as an antiseptic and a substitute for tobacco.

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I have seen this weed grow up…

I have been watching this plant since last year since it presented it’s self as very noticeable.A large leaved plant with sage like leaves and somewhat hairy that stayed close to the ground.Well this year it took off.The weed-Mullein(Verbascum thapsus) is a biennial.The first year a rosette-a cluster of leaves growing close to the ground-of soft greenish woolly leaves and the second year a 3- 7 foot flowering stalk grows upward.It has a deep taproot to help tolerate dry periods.Common in pastures and fields with wide distribution in the U.S and Europe..Another species is the Moth Mullein and looks nothing like the Common Mullein.It seems like these weeds always have had uses humans had found.For example:Roman torches,lining for shoes,and a cure for leprosy and evil spirits.Hey-who knew!

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Something you don’t see everyday…

This flower stands out in this crowd-a weed patch.Here it is along a city bicycle path(almost the country) growing loud and proud saying hello to all it meets!The proud plant is Sweet briar-Rosa rubiginosa.It is a rose bush that grows in a dense manner to the height and width of 6-10-feet and this one was doing the same.The rose blooms May-June and is quite fragrant.It spreads by fruit eating birds and animals,escaping the simple life as a garden plant and finding it’s self along the road and pastures and bike paths in most of N.A.It was delight to see!

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Thanks to;www.missouribotanticalgardens.org andnorthwestweeds.com.au.pic by td.