More colorful pictures to take our minds away from winter browns and grays.
Lespedeza repens (creeping lespedeza; Fabaceae)
Watch for this low-growing vine-like forb in open rocky areas of woodlands; it blooms in mid summer.
Allium cernuum (nodding onion; Amaryllidaceae)
I find this native onion blooming in early to mid summer. It grows on rocky outcrops near rivers.
Polygala polygama (racemed milkwort; Polygalaceae)
This beauty may have been my find of the year: it’s S1/threatened, and even though it ended up that this population was known to the Maryland DNR, it wasn’t known to me! All I can say is keep your eyes open, because the most wonderful things can be found in unexpected places.
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium; Geraniaceae)
Look for this blooming in moist, rich woodlands in early to mid spring.
Geranium caroliniana (Carolina cranesbill; Geraniaceae)
The first time I saw this I thought it was a “weed”, since it was growing out of cracks in concrete curbing in a parking lot. Unexpected places. It’s charming when viewed up close. Or maybe I just love them all.
Geranium robertianum (herb-robert; Geraniaceae)
This species is S1 in Maryland, with only a few records of it in scattered locations. I’ve never seen it here; this one was in upstate New York.
Oxalis violacea (violet wood-sorrel; Oxalidaceae)
All the Maryland Oxalis species are yellow flowering, except for this one. Although not rare, I don’t see it very often; I believe it may have specific cultural requirements. Look for it in dry woodlands, blooming in early to mid spring.
Cranesbill or geranium is still an uncommon perennial here. We have a few garden varieties available, but they are not popular. I do not know what specie they are.
where is “here” – Los Gatos?
Los Gatos and the Santa Clara Valley, as well as the Santa Cruz Mountains and this whole part of California. It might be more popular to the north of here. I know it happens to grow well in San Francisco, but I do not know why it should.