As I did a quick walk around the yard this week I found a nice variety of wildflowers growing in the woods. I like this bright yellow little bloom, St. Andrew's Cross, Hypericum hypericoides. This small woody upright shrub grows all through my woods in the front part of our yard. It is common throughout the country as far west as Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and as far north as New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts.
Isn't this a pretty bloom?
Also still blooming in my woods is the Butterfly Pea, Centrosema virginianum see it in the midst of all the greenery?
Next I have something that I am not certain what it is. At first I thought I had some Joe-Pye Weed, but the stems are not red as in many of the photos others have shared. My online research has me baffled. Any ideas?
The leaf arrangement is opposite, though some branches have alternating leaves.
The flower buds on Joe-Pye Weed is usually above the plant, sitting high above the leaves, not so with this plant. Thanks to Lisa for confirming that it looks like it is in the Joe-Pye family, I was pretty close.
A fellow Master Gardener, Vince has been able to make the ID for this one. It is Pluchea camphorata, the website Name That Plant has a good bit of information about this plant.
Ok, now that you all have your thinking caps on, here is another plant that is stumping me. I researched many online wildflower sights and both of my wildflower books to try to identify this cute flower. This pretty lavender/blue bloom is growing down near the water. It looks to be a compound flower, each section has its own stamen and pistil. These individual flowers are arranged on one stem. The leaves and stems are fuzzy.
The leaf arrangement is whirled in threes. There is a good distance between the nodes with a wide branching pattern. Anyone have any ideas of what this one might be? UPDATE- Randy has again given me an identification. Way to go Randy. It is Elephantopus tomentosus, common names include- Hairy Elephantfoot or Elephant's Foot, Devil's Grandmother, and Tobaccoweed. It is a native plant.
Near the mystery bloom above was a plant I know, surprised I have it growing along the shoreline. I bought one at the local Native Plant Sale a couple autumns ago. I have Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis growing in a couple different places! Wish I had seen it while it was blooming. This is a butterfly favorite, there is a great specimen in the Learning Garden in Virginia where I used to live.
I used to enjoy the activity of the pollinators on this shrub when I volunteered in the Learning Garden and wanted to add one to my new garden. How nice to have the one I purchased AND these great finds growing near the lake.
Each season I find new wonderful plants in my yard, some I know, some are mysteries. If you know what my two unknown plants might be, please share!!! Thanks for stopping by.
Be sure to visit Gail over at Clay and Limestone for Wildflower Wednesday!
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