The first day I went out there, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I recognized, and frankly kind of proud. I felt pretty thoroughly novice in the class.
Anyone have any idea why these two trillium have such very different shaped leaves? Are the narrow leaves just a younger plant?
I also took pictures of species I didn't recognize, and sleuthed out what (I think) they are later.
This is called a Virginia Water Plant, so named because of the spots on the leaves, which resemble drops of water. The following week, the plants had flowered, and it looks like they also pretty promptly started to produce fuzzy balls of seeds.
|Virginia water plant|
I read that only the early spring individuals get the water-droplet look. You can see this difference in the two photos.
On the left...this little beauty is called 'Spring Beauty." And on the right, "Ooooh!" I thought. "What is this pretty interesting nodding trio of leaves?" Ummm, thar be poison ivy.
Every time I go I see something new, and new flowers blooming. I think this is rue anemone. It doesn't appear to be false rue anemone, which is more common, as it looks like it has more than five petals.
The other photo is of a pretty little sedge that caught my eye. I just planted one of this type in our new backyard native-plant garden.
And now, to end with a question. I saw one of these just today in Oxbow prairie, so I don't think it's an errant, I don't know, chard or anything. What is this?