Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hoary Vervain

Hoary vervain (Verbena stricita)It sometimes happens, that while walking about the property we find something like this Verbena stricita. A plant that we did not introduce here but yet there it is. I was glad to see this plant as many bees, wasps, butterflies, and skippers are attracted to its flowers. The flowers are interesting in that they bloom from the bottom up and will be blooming for most of the summer. The seeds are eaten by many songbirds, so the seed was probably brought in by the birds. It is growing in our savanna area which has rather poor soil. I hope to collect seeds this fall and scatter them about the area.

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