Living in this semi-wild area, I have the pleasure of finding treasures blooming in the woods. I saw this beauty the first year we were here, had help with the ID and now I look forward to seeing it bloom every year.
This pretty purple bloom is a Spurred Butterfly Pea Centrosemaa virginianum. It is noted for its downward facing bloom. It is a member of the Pea family and the fruit is a small legume.
I found this trailing, twining vine in a couple places in the front part of our property. There are some other vines but so far I have only seen two blooms this year. It seems to like the dappled shade of the edge of the woods.
This vine is native to the Southern United States, as far west as Texas. The vine is more prone to trail along the ground or twine on low shrubs, reaching 6- 12 feet. The lance shaped leaves are alternate, trifoliate with smooth margins.
I will keep my eyes open for more of this pretty little butterfly to bloom in my woods.
Just out in the open, near the Butterfly Pea, is this little bloom, also in the Pea family. I haven't been able to make a solid ID on this one yet. Will have to double check the leaf structure, thought I had a good picture to refer to, but it isn't clear. Will have to get a better look.
These couple pictures were taken at dusk, minimal light. It is such a delicate shade of pink.
Stay tuned, I may get an identification of this little cutie.
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