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.

 

 

It’s a beauty…

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A Spring Beauty-Claytonia virginca-is a wildflower common to eastern N.A.It is a small,low growing plant with star-like white/pink flowers.Foliage continues to grow after it blooms reaching maybe a foot(.31m) as it goes dormant in late spring.While it is growing,the wildflower can be harvested as a food source like a potato or radish.Get it while it is still a “beauty”.

pic by td-thanks to The Nature Conservancy for info-thanks for stopping by!

Weedy Wednesday…

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Pampas grass-Cortaderia selloana-in this pic is holding down the marsh area.You can see this plant used as decor in the neighbor’s yard.It blooms into the fall and the blooms can be cut and dried for decorations-pods.

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Speaking of pods-the plants capsule of seeds-here is a pic of my honey  vine milkweed-Ampelamus albidus-is a true milkweed and a host for Monarch butterfly and a lot of bees.The plant produces a large amount of pollen and is a magnet for the bees and thus more vines.The fragrance is subtle but powerful in the summer breeze.This plant established itself last year and took off this summer.I know it can be an opportunity in ag crops but I just love this weed.It has an extensive root system and the pod s ensure more will be on the way.I saw some cool butterflies stop to visit but no Monarchs.

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Easy does it here-field daisy,white weed,midsummer daisy,poverty weed-you call it and it’s yours.It is all over the place.Real fast:chrysanthemum leucanthemum L.-daisy-like flowers w/ white ray florets,native to Europe,perennial reproducing by seeds and rhizomes.Problematic in pastures and is a host for plant viruses.”He loves me,he loves me not,he loves me”

All pics by td-research from :Weeds of North America-Dickinson/Royer;Suburban Wildflowers-Heasdtrom;bellarmine.edu.

 

A wildflower in the weed patch…

The wildflower in tim’s weed patch-yes there really is one-that is trying to brighten up the cloudy 4th of July-is Coreopsis(Coreopsis tinctoria).Also known as Tickseed,the perennial has 70-80 relatives that are native to the Americas that likes moist soil.It attracts butterflies and caterpillars.Any plant that butterflies likes is a good thing!Like a lot of wildflowers and weeds,they provided a benefit to mankind.Our Native Americans used the root as a tea for diarrhea.

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Camera 360pics by td-Happy 4th of July!