Virginia Plantain – Native Plant of the Day 12/23/2017
Photo from 4/29/2012. Location: Walker County, Ga.
More photos / info at the Plantago virginica detail page.
Virginia Plantain, a species native to much the United States, but naturalized in other parts and naturalized in parts of Canada, has been added to the USWildflowers database (04/17/2013.) Scientific name is Plantago virginica. It is also known by the common names Dwarf Plantain, Southern Plantain, Hoary Plantain, and Paleseed Indianwheat. Photo below was taken in Walker County, GA on Apr 29, 2012. Go to the Virginia Plantain detail page for more photos and information.
In the May 5 post, I mentioned that the wild hydrangea blossoms were forming their buds. Since I only had photos of prior year’s blossoms – which I think in themselves are quite beautiful – I wanted to make sure I got a chance to photograph them while in bloom. I managed to squeeze out some time (thanks for giving up work on the ceiling, Cindy!) on Saturday, June 6, and was rewarded with finding the hydrangea at peak of their blossom.
Narrowleaf Plantain – Plantago lanceolata – is one of the most common weeds around, found in every state in the United States. There is some fun way to play with the long flower stem, popping off the flower head and shooting it at your friends, but Cindy and I couldn’t remember the right technique from our childhood when we tried it a couple of days ago. As is typical, the flower becomes much more interesting when you take a closer look, especially when an insect joins the photo session. Click on the photo for a larger image.