01 May 2008

Blue Phlox

The pale violet, five petaled flowers radiate from the tip of the stem. Petals are wedged shaped and the stamen are completly hidden from view. Stems are hairy and sticky and the plant grows 10- 20 inches tall. Phlox comes from the Greek meaning "flame." The odor from this flower is very strong in the early evening and mainly in North America, the flower has 70 different species.

False Rue Anemone

Five white petals make up this dainty flower. They are very small and can range from 1/2- 3/4 inches wide, and are found in small clusters. The leaves are three parted and and deeply lobed. The plant grows 4-10 inches tall. The False rue anemone grow with other plants like it in small clusters froming a carpet like area.

Dutchman's Breeches

Many waxy white and yellow tipped flowers hang in rows from an arched stem. Each of these flowers has two inflated spurs that look like a tiny pair of pants and that is how this flower got its name. The leaves are very thin with many segments. A more common name for this is blue staggers which let people know that this is poisoinous. The flower has been known to kill many animals like cattle and such. This is only pollinated by bees but the can only reach the pollen and not the nectar.

Cut-Leaved Toothwort

This flower is also catagorized in the mustard family. The petals are usually white or light pink with harsh three segmented leaves with tooth like segements. These can grow 8-15 inches in its lifetime. Doctors have concluded that this plant would cure toothaches and that is how it got the name and also because the root is white and tooth like in appearance.

Spring Cress

4 white or pink petals form a cross together in this flower. The stem and leaves are small and rounded with some basal leaves present. These plants can grow 8-20 inches tall. The spring cress is catagorized in the "mustard" family of plants and the four petals and the stamen protrude from the corolla.

Blue Cohosh

A cluster of 6 pointed flowers that range in color from yellow-green to brown turn into blue berries as they mature. Each leaf segment has the shape of a tulip. The less mature plants have a waxy and white look to them becuase the leaves are developing. A stem on this flower usually has a blue-ish tint to it to make that easy to identify.