Aliens Among Us

Some of the wildflowers I see are quite striking and eye-catching, some are dainty and delicate, all are interesting in their way… but not all are welcome. Since mid-March this year I’ve spotted 31 species of wildflowers in 17 different families.  Of these, 8 were exotic invasives.  Some you’ll know as common garden weeds.  Others you’ll know as common garden ornamentals.

Here are a few.

grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum):

grape hyacinth

red dead nettle (Lamium purpureum):

red dead nettle

gill-over-the-ground, aka ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea):

gill-over-the-ground

ivy-leaved speedwell (Veronica hederifolia):

ivy-leaved speedwell

lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria):

lesser celandine

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