The two-week break from school is almost gone, without winding up Dad's estate or doing a heroic house-cleaning. My stay-cation included several wonderful walks and lunches with friends, but also solo walks with my camera.
Bluestem shared information about this plant, Illinois Bundleflower. The seed pods have always intrigued me, but now I'm paying more attention to its growing cycle. And yes, it makes me sing, "Yes We Have No Bananas." Desmanthus illinoensis may have psychedelic properties.
Leather-flower has hairdo properties. When I first spotted it in May I had just watched Amadeus, and was thinking about those purple powdered wigs. Clematis pitcheri seems to be a hardy perennial vine.
As the flowers opened further I was reminded of my childhood Barbie wig salon toy. I could dip the flip or bouffant in vinegar and watch it turn flame orange or maybe even purple.
Plains horsemint is also known as lemon beebalm.
I'm excited to find the Native Plant Information Network. It's much more helpful than my guidebook.
© 2012 Nancy L. Ruder