Native Plant of the Day 11/11/2013
Photo from 05/06/2012. Location: Kleinschmidt Grade, Adams County, ID
Red-osier Dogwood- for more photos / information go to the Cornus sericea detail page.
In early September I did a Boundary Waters canoe trip with a couple of friends – great time with them, and great to get back after several years of absence. One of the plants I photographed was a large shrub with white berries. I hadn’t been able to identify it until recently, when I was browsing my copy of Idaho Mountain Wildflowers – A. Scott Earle and saw those white berries in a photo. Slapped my forehead – Dogwood! Red-osier Dogwood has WHITE berries! A bit more research on what Cornus species were found in Minnesota ensured that this was Cornus sericea. I like reducing that list of “Unidentified” in my photo catalog.
Bunchberry, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (09/20/2012.) Scientific name is Cornus canadensis. Photo below was taken near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, St. Louis County, MN on Sep 9, 2012. It is also known by the common names Bunchberry Dogwood, Dwarf Dogwood, Canadian Bunchberry, Dwarf Cornel, and Creeping Dogwood. Go to the Bunchberry detail page for more photos and information.
Red-osier Dogwood, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (07/04/2012.) Scientific name is Cornus sericea. Photo below was taken along the Kleinschmidt Grade in Adams County, ID on May 26, 2012. It is also known by the common names Western Dogwood, American Dogwood. Go to the Red-osier Dogwood detail page for more photos and information.
It was a beautiful morning today, and since I work from home on Mondays I had an extra few minutes before starting work. I used those minutes to walk around our yard taking a few photos:
This Fleabane is growing in our yard along the sidewalk to our driveway. I’m probably a bit negligent with mowing the lawn, and I’m not sure the patches of Fleabane I leave when I do mow are fully appreciated by others. Thanks to my tolerant wife!
Stiff Dogwood, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (05/23/2011.) Scientific name is Cornus foemina. Photo below was taken in Walker County, GA on April 22, 2011 – in our spare lot. I discovered it by noticing a white cluster of blooms remaining after clearing a thicket of privet.
Flowering Dogwood added to USWildflowers Database
Detail page here:
To avoid crowds like those that were on the Shirley Miller Trail at The Pocket on Pigeon Mountain last week, I headed down there early Saturday morning, arriving at the parking area shortly after 8 AM. The sky was overcast, but the wind was low – a good situation for wildflower photography. My first stop was the dogwood tree beside the parking area.