Flowering Dogwood – Native Plant of the Day 04/12/2017
Photo from 04/11/2009. Location: The Pocket, Walker County, GA.
More photos / info at the Cornus florida detail page.
Wednesday, 04/16/2014, woke up bright and beautiful, if a bit chilly with overnight lows in the lower 30’s. I had a reminder on my calendar to check for Trillium sulcatum, a species I had not seen previously, at Cloudland Canyon State Park. Calendar and weather were in sync, so around 10 AM I headed out for my first visit to this wonderful, nearby state park in 2014. I spotted some Vernal Iris (Iris verna) along the park’s entrance road, a portent of what I hoped would be a beautiful walk. I was not disappointed.
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.