Friday, May 21, 2010
Wildflowers: May 21, 2010
We found the Pussytoes in the cemetery, but there are many patches of these in the ditches. Pussytoes are really Antennaria neglecta, they are a plant native to Minnesota, their flower heads resemble a cats paw. They are an allelopathic plant, which means they give off a chemical into the soil that discourages other plants to grow near them.. I tried to capture this in the photo..Creeping Charlie comes very close to being friends with this unsociable plant. Creeping Charlie or ground ivy or Glechoma hederacea grows in large carpets of color, it is a non native plant. He is very pretty from a distance.
Hoary Puccoon or Lithospermum canescens is a native plant, one of the four puccoons found in Minnesota. This one has roots that can be used to make a red dye. This one makes his appearence in the ditches known by his bright orange color.
Prairie Smoke or Geum triflorum is a native plant, one of those true Prairie plants..he holds his head down until his soft long hairs emerge and sway in the breeze..then his smoke like bloom is held upright.
The Iris, the one on the left we found in a public garden in town. The tiny one on the right, and I do mean tiny was blooming in the cemetery..before they mowed it down. I know this for a fact as I went back the next day to see if it was spared..it wasn't. It was about the size of a fifty cent piece. These are probably not really wildflowers. Years ago people planted real flowers at the cemetery..so they brought plants from their home gardens to share:)