A new species highlight on dame’s rocket, one of the prettiest invasive species out there.
From May to July, the roadsides in my area are often graced with pinkish, purple, and white clusters of flowers. The showy display is a sure sign of the coming summer. The dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) is responsible for these splashes of color. Continue reading “Dame’s Rocket – Species Highlight”
I decided recently to take a walk in an unfamiliar place and it paid off! If you are tired of browsing through your local park try looking at conservancy or land trust properties. The places I visited were less crowded and garden-like.
Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum). Also called Dogtooth Violet. Six yellow petals curl backward as the flower often nods downward. Leaves are distinctly mottled purplish green lances. Sewickley Heights Boro Park, PA. April, 2016.
Large-flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum). An impressive white flower with three petals–as the name suggests. This trillium has the largest and most conspicuous flower. Sewickley Heights Boro Park, PA, April, 2016.
Yellow Corydalis (Corydalis flavula). Also called fumewort. The small yellow flowers help distinguish between species. Lowries Run area, Allegheny County, PA. April, 2016.
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis). Spring-blooming, the bloodroot is named for a red juice that comes from the underground stem. The flower emerges from the curled leaf and does not last long. Lowries Run area, Allegheny County, PA. April, 2016.
Littleleaf Buttercup (Ranunculus arbortivus) This buttercup has a very tiny atypical flower for its genus. Can be weedy. Lowries Run area, Allegheny County, PA. April, 2016.