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Little-known Rarity

Stopping on the roadside to photograph a showy member of the aster family, the gray-headed coneflower, I happened to see its shyer, rarer cousin the Cumberland rosinweed (Silphium brachium), also known as Gattinger’s rosinweed, in the dappled sunlight at the

Little-known Rarity

Stopping on the roadside to photograph a showy member of the aster family, the gray-headed coneflower, I happened to see its shyer, rarer cousin the Cumberland rosinweed (Silphium brachium), also known as Gattinger’s rosinweed, in the dappled sunlight at the

Roadside Distraction

We’ve all heard about the danger of being distracted by cell phones while driving. But what about those distracting drop-dead beautiful wildflowers that bedeck our roads and highways these days? This lovely gray-headed coneflower (Ratibidia pinnata) caught my eye while

Roadside Distraction

We’ve all heard about the danger of being distracted by cell phones while driving. But what about those distracting drop-dead beautiful wildflowers that bedeck our roads and highways these days? This lovely gray-headed coneflower (Ratibidia pinnata) caught my eye while

Walk-and-Talk with Teachers

This was lots of fun! Dr. Carl Stafford, dean and professor at Southern Adventist University, invited me to do a “walk-and-talk” with school teachers who are on that campus for classes in environmental education. They have a terrific environmental education

Walk-and-Talk with Teachers

This was lots of fun! Dr. Carl Stafford, dean and professor at Southern Adventist University, invited me to do a “walk-and-talk” with school teachers who are on that campus for classes in environmental education. They have a terrific environmental education

Pretty Purple Petunia

If it weren’t for its bright flowers, it would be easy to overlook this little beauty. Wild petunia, Ruellia humilis, is blooming now on the slopes of the plateau. A hummingbird favorite because of copious nectar, wild petunia (never more than a

Pretty Purple Petunia

If it weren’t for its bright flowers, it would be easy to overlook this little beauty. Wild petunia, Ruellia humilis, is blooming now on the slopes of the plateau. A hummingbird favorite because of copious nectar, wild petunia (never more than a

Bee Balm — Lovely in Lavender

Actually, those who are knowledgeable about herbal medicines know this plant, Monarda fistulosa, as wild bergamot. As did Native Americans, many people make a tea from this mint’s leaves to treat colds. The tea is strong, so if you try it,

Bee Balm — Lovely in Lavender

Actually, those who are knowledgeable about herbal medicines know this plant, Monarda fistulosa, as wild bergamot. As did Native Americans, many people make a tea from this mint’s leaves to treat colds. The tea is strong, so if you try it,

A Weed By Any Other Name …

Wildflower admirers would have a hard time thinking of butterfly weed, Asclepius tuberosa  as a weed! But this beloved plant is stuck with the monicker. Yes, butterflies love it for its nectar, as do bees and hummingbirds. It also serves as a larval plant

A Weed By Any Other Name …

Wildflower admirers would have a hard time thinking of butterfly weed, Asclepius tuberosa  as a weed! But this beloved plant is stuck with the monicker. Yes, butterflies love it for its nectar, as do bees and hummingbirds. It also serves as a larval plant

Show Stopper

Herbarium nature journaler Latham Davis treated the group to a fabulous specimen from his yard last week — a twig of big leaf magnolia, Magnolia macrophylla. The flower, shown here, was just past bloom, but still elegant. The blooms don’t

Show Stopper

Herbarium nature journaler Latham Davis treated the group to a fabulous specimen from his yard last week — a twig of big leaf magnolia, Magnolia macrophylla. The flower, shown here, was just past bloom, but still elegant. The blooms don’t