Wildflowers: May 24, 2010

Today I will show you some white flowers..

The Sweet Grass or Hierochloe odorata or Holy Fragrant Grass is in the front wildflower gardens. The Native Americans burn this grass as a purifier before their ceremonies because it keeps out evil spirits. It smells a little like something illegal when it burns. Sweet Grass is a native plant in Minnesota. I would bind up some of the stems and put them in the trunk of my car (If I had a trunk) or lay them in a damp basement( I don’t have that problem either) Far Guy says Sweet Grass smells like vanilla. He has planted it here and there throughout the yard, when I mow sometimes I get carried away and mow it down..I wonder what the evil spirits think about that?

Common Chickweed or Stellaria media is a non native plant. The little bloom has only five petals but they are divided so it looks like ten petals. This little plant blooms most of the summer. This one is found lots of places..this one is from the cemetery. In the late evening it looks like hundreds of little stars are hiding in the grass.

Wild Strawberry or Fragaria virginiana is a native plant, if you can nab this tiny little fruit before the birds eat them you are really lucky. Wild Strawberries have very intense flavor. I am allergic to them, so I just let the birds have them. Wild Strawberry is found on the edge of the woods..and in the woods.

 Our Trillum in bloom May 21, 2010

Last but not least the Trillium or Trillium grandiflorum. We have one of these plants, and it has one bloom every year. Far Guy planted it next to the woods one year when he was really into native plants. It blooms in the early spring. Supposedly seeds are dispersed by ants, and the seeds that they don’t eat will grow. I have heard about the Trillium in bloom in Minnesota..but I have never seen huge expanses of them in the woods until Saturday.

 They grow only in areas with deciduous trees, apparently they do not grow well in Pine Forests, I am not sure if it is a soil thing or a light thing, or a combination of both. (Some plants need the extra light in the early spring when the trees don’t have their leaves yet). We stopped along the edge of the road so I could get a few photos..I was watching so intently for them that I totally missed the bear that ran across the road:)
 

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One Response to Wildflowers: May 24, 2010

  1. buffalogal says:

    How sweet (as sweet as sweetgrass!) it is to take a break from housework this morning and see your wildflower pictures as well as that lovely one of the very green woods! Collecting wild plants takes me back to my Campfire Girl days at Camp Trowbridge near Vergas MN when we went out into the woods and got trillum leaves for our nature books as well as others..meadow rue, false and true solomon’s seal, et al..lots more I cannot recall.
    I am finding out anew how little time I can spend working “hard”….my home is cluttered and needs lots of attention after a week and a half of intensive planting of flowers and veggies….intensive mean working for a couple of hours til I feel like I am about to keel over from heat, sweat, pain in my feet or other maladies. I must learn each time I do these things that I am only in my 20′s and 30s in my MIND not in my body. It is kind of an AW S — moment on a daily basis!
    Thanks for providing me with such wonderful R and R from the housework that has gone untended for more than two weeks!