Category Archives: Plants

Dogs, dog fennel, longleaf, beggarticks, chiggers 2022-09-18

Ah, fall flowers, dogs frolicking in the dog fennel, and mysterious molds, all on a morning walk.

And chiggers. Most likely Trombicula alfreddugesi, aka Eutrombicula alfreddugesi, in the genus Trombicula, family Trombiculidae.

Whichever species of arachnids, cousins of ticks and spiders, these ones will make you itch for days. They can raise red welts and send you to the doctor seeking steroids. You don’t want to see pictures of that.

[Common sneezeweed, Helenium autumnale]
Common sneezeweed, Helenium autumnale

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Grapes, beaver pond, sycamore, beggarticks, bananas, cypress swamp, dogs 2022-08-10

A walk in the woods one summer day.

[Grapes, sycamore, banana, cypress swamp]
Grapes, sycamore, banana, cypress swamp

Those grapes were ripe and tasty. Muscadine, Vitis rotundifolia. This is down by a beaver pond. Continue reading

Maypop, ground cherry, blueberry, fig, beautyberry 2022-05-29

Spring is in bloom or fruit.

[Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)]
Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)

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Pitcher plants blooming 2022-04-08

Never saw them bloom before.

[Sarracenia minor]
Sarracenia minor

“It takes at least 4 years to go from a just-pollinated flower to a mature, blooming plant.” Growing Sarracenia from Seed, International Carnivorous Plant Society (ICPS).

[Side view]
Side view

These pitcher plants grew naturally in our woods.

We do have bumblebees, so maybe they will pollinate. Then maybe seeds in August or September.

Native wild azaleas 2021-04-12

These were many places in the woods, with an acre of them here: native wild azaleas, Rhododendron canescens.

[Nellie, native wild azaleas, Gretchen]
Nellie, native wild azaleas, Gretchen

No, not honeysuckle. That’s a vine. These are a bush. Continue reading