birdsfoot violet

Our Largest Violet

What’s that lavender haze along the roadside? That plucky little wildflower in the clearcut? That big-as-a-pansy violet with the oh-so-not-violet-like leaves? It’s bird’s foot violet, Viola pedata, a tough little plant with a beautiful flower. We find violets in all

birdsfoot violet

Our Largest Violet

What’s that lavender haze along the roadside? That plucky little wildflower in the clearcut? That big-as-a-pansy violet with the oh-so-not-violet-like leaves? It’s bird’s foot violet, Viola pedata, a tough little plant with a beautiful flower. We find violets in all

White Clover

White Clover: An everyday exotic

White Clover (Trifolium repens) is found throughout North America, but is native to Europe and Asia. Many other lawn plants are exotic, but extremely common in Tennessee,including Broadleaf Plantain (Plantago major), Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officianale), Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule). White Clover is a

White Clover

White Clover: An everyday exotic

White Clover (Trifolium repens) is found throughout North America, but is native to Europe and Asia. Many other lawn plants are exotic, but extremely common in Tennessee,including Broadleaf Plantain (Plantago major), Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officianale), Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule). White Clover is a

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Smells like …

 … lemons! Yellow Trillium (T. luteum) has a fragrance as fresh as its flower! Other trilliums have distinctive odors, as well. It’s easy to tell Little Sweet Betsy (T. cuneatum) from Wet Dog Trillium (T. erectum). Why do they have these

trillium luteum1

Smells like …

 … lemons! Yellow Trillium (T. luteum) has a fragrance as fresh as its flower! Other trilliums have distinctive odors, as well. It’s easy to tell Little Sweet Betsy (T. cuneatum) from Wet Dog Trillium (T. erectum). Why do they have these

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Garlic Mustard Alert!

Garlic Mustard is back with a vengeance this year. The invasive biennial is popping up on roadsides, creek banks, and – worst of all – in the forest, competing with the native plants and threatening to dominate the landscape. Originally

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Garlic Mustard Alert!

Garlic Mustard is back with a vengeance this year. The invasive biennial is popping up on roadsides, creek banks, and – worst of all – in the forest, competing with the native plants and threatening to dominate the landscape. Originally

J in the P

Jack — or Jill?

 The tiny flowers at the base of the spadix (“Jack”) in Jack-in-the-Pulpit are male or female, depending on last year’s nutritional regime. If last year was a good one, then the flowers will be female. Not so good? They’ll be

J in the P

Jack — or Jill?

 The tiny flowers at the base of the spadix (“Jack”) in Jack-in-the-Pulpit are male or female, depending on last year’s nutritional regime. If last year was a good one, then the flowers will be female. Not so good? They’ll be

Viola hastata

Exploring King’s Farm

Last week, Dr. Evans led the students in Dr. Yu’s Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia psychology class on an adventure to discover the history of the King Farm. In order to learn some common spring plants, I

Viola hastata

Exploring King’s Farm

Last week, Dr. Evans led the students in Dr. Yu’s Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia psychology class on an adventure to discover the history of the King Farm. In order to learn some common spring plants, I

lawn weeds

Right at our Feet

Between treks to see the wildflowers in Shakerag Hollow, Collins Gulf, and beyond, it’s easy to overlook the floral beauty right at our feet! Here’s a profusion of violets and dandelion — truly beautiful lawn weeds!

lawn weeds

Right at our Feet

Between treks to see the wildflowers in Shakerag Hollow, Collins Gulf, and beyond, it’s easy to overlook the floral beauty right at our feet! Here’s a profusion of violets and dandelion — truly beautiful lawn weeds!