Monthly Archives: August 2013

Common St. John’s Wort (Hypericum performatum)

Notice the little black dots on the edge of the petals. That is a good clue to identifying this species. Those dots are actually little oil sacs and can dye your skin red when crushed. Advertisements

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Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Found this at Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve in the Outer Banks. The red attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

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Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella)

I’m on vacation with my family in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We made a stop at the Wright Brothers National Monument. Lots of open grassland and quite a few wildflowers. Here’s a beauty I found. It’s the state … Continue reading

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Dogbane Beetle (Chrysochus auratus)

Can’t see it in the picture well, but apparently the feet and legs of this colorful beetle are white.

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Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris)

This species of rose prefers wet sites and blooms later than others. Very fragrant.

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Ditch Stonecrop (Penthorum sedoides)

Needed some help from NY Flora Association to identify this one. This one gets quite beautiful once it fruits.

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Woodland Agrimony (Agrimonia striata)

Found his on my hike today. Nice little hooked barbs on the fruit.

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

This beauty is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States. The male has four “tiger” stripes on each wing. Females usually have more blue coloration on their wings. My daughter spotted this one!

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Enchanter’s Nightshade (Circaea lutetiana)

This is one of the few woodland wildflowers that blooms during the summer in shaded areas. You can see the prickly fruit in the picture.

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Butter and Eggs (Linaria vulgaris)

This invasive grows all over my yard. I was reading about an old belief that if you walk around this plant three times it will remove any spells that may of been cast in you. Good to know!

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