I don’t remember when I first started noticing them in the fields and along the roads, whether here in West Virginia or perhaps elsewhere some time in the past, but I have been attracted to their charming yellow flowers and soft green foliage. From time to time I have thought, I should just dig one of those up for our yard. But there was never an opportunity — no place to park the car, or the flowers were too far out in a field.
While weeding this spring I noticed an interesting plant in the fence row along Hartland. It seemed vaguely familiar, so I decided that even though I didn’t know what it was I should let it grow. Maybe it would be something pretty. Or maybe not. And if not, I could just pull it up later.
Common Evening-Primrose (Oenothera biennis)
And then it bloomed.
I’m glad I let it grow, and I didn’t even have to steal it from a field!
Common Evening-Primrose (Oenothera biennis) backed by a chorus of hybrid Daylilies (Hemerocallis)
The flowers may not be spectacular, but they’re pretty, and the plant makes a nice addition in its place in the yard. Maybe next year there will be more of them.
Common Evening-Primrose (Oenothera biennis).
Found at Metal Ford along the Natchez Trace Parkway, 3 April 2018.
This appears to my untrained eye to be a Trillium recurvatum, also known as Prairie Trillium, Red Trillium, or Butcher’s blood, among other names. For more description, see www.illinoiswildflowers.info/woodland/plants/pr_trillium.htm
Snow-on-the-Mountain (Euphorbia marginata)
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Strong City, Kansas, 13 September 2017.
Today I noticed that our Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans) had begun producing seed pods.
Trumpet vine seed pods
I never expected Trumpet vine seed pods to look like beans.
Otherwise, they don’t look much like legumes.
Trumpet vine in flower
Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum) near the old Buckhannon Run school, in Buckhannon Run, Lewis County, West Virginia, 6 August 2017.
Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum)
Perhaps not as vibrant as Ironweed, but still a major bee and butterfly attractor.