Monday, June 20, 2011

What's Blooming?

Summer Solstice is nearly here, but summer weather has already blossomed in the High Country.  Many of our native plant beauties are also blooming in celebration.  What might you see out in the forests and riverbanks this time of year?  

Whorled Loosestrife, Lysimachia quadrifolia, is blooming in forest areas in the High Country.  With beautiful yellow flowers and a whorl of dark green leaves, this plant will certainly catch your eye.  

Another Loosestrife that is absolutely stunning in mass plantings is the Gooseneck Loosestrife, Lysimachia clethroides.  Showy star-shaped white flowers are clustered together forming beautiful racemes that arch above the smooth green leaves.  This plant has spreading rhizomes, and can become aggressive in areas.

Gooseneck Loosestrife flowers up close

Wild Hydrangea, Hydrangea arborescens, is in full bloom in most areas.  Commonly found along shady hillsides and roadbanks, Wild hydrangea is a small, multi-stemmed shrub with white flowerheads, opposite leaves and peeling bark. 

 Flowering Raspberry, Rubus odoratus, is often found in rich woods and along roadsides and is just beginning to bloom.  The plant produces a small tasteless berry that is relished by wildlife.  

Get out and see what other native beauties can be found blooming in the High Country!

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