Flower of the Day: Southern Agrimony

aka harvestlice, aka swamp agrimony (Agrimonia parviflora); Rosaceae (rose family)

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I know, I know, you were expecting a picture of a flower.  This species of agrimony has small yellow flowers, about 1/4″ wide at most, that are very typical of the rose family. It’s another example of medium-sized plants with long, spiky inflorescences and itty bitty flowers (like vervain, jumpseed, lopseed).

I like this plant for the sound of the name, which comes from the Greek for “poppy”. But really, it’s about the leaf.  Is that not a fascinating leaf?  Shown above is a single, pinnately compound leaf, with 17 primary leaflets and about 30 secondary leaflets.  Nevermind about the flowers, I just love the plant:

20140807-DSC_0090  Okay, here are some flower pics:

20140806-DSC_0126This one is actually a different species: common agrimony (A. gryposepala).  Leaf is not nearly as nifty: 20140721-DSC_0484 Southern agrimony flowers are similar to common agrimony flowers:

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Flower of the Day: Jumpseed (a mid-summer LWF)

Polygonum virginianum, aka Persicaria virginiana and several others; Polygonaceae (buckwheat family)

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Most of the LWFs* I wrote about earlier in the season were tiny little flowers on tiny little plants.  This one is a tiny little flower on a very large inflorescence on a medium-sized plant.  The plant grows about three feet tall, and usually sports only a single foot (or more) long flower spike with dozens of buds; only a few open at a time, and each flower is less than 1/8″ across.

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Jumpseed is found throughout woodlands in North America, from northern Quebec south through Florida and west to Texas.

*little white flowers