Beautiful Spring Flowers and Lawn Weeds

Cercis canadensisDaffodils

Spring is here! Bright pinks, oranges, and yellows dance in the branches of trees and in yards throughout Tennessee. In the last few days, I have spotted flowering eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis), many varieties of daffodil (Narcussus spp), cherry blossoms (Prunus), Bradford pear (Prunus calleryana), Magnolia, and more. However, I did not expect to find the most vibrant display of plant life at my very feet – in the lawns around Sewanee.

Lawn weeds

These nearly microscopic plants cover every inch of lawn, flourishing in the sunlight and fertilized soil. The majority of lawn plants are hardy introduced species – from these images, I can spot dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), white clover (Triandrus repens), deadnettle (Lamium purpureum), hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta), mock strawberry (Duchesnea indica), chickweed (Stellaria media) and speedwell (Veronica sp).





About Callie Oldfield

I was a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for the Sewanee Herbarium from Winter 2015-Summer 2016. I am currently a PhD student studying Plant Biology at the University of Georgia.

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