Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A Giant in the Garden

One native wildflower in the backyard garden showed unexpected vertical ambitions this spring. The Tall Meadow Rue is making its name sound like an understatement, having risen from the ground to a height of 9 feet. Its flowers are just opening, like a galazy of stars that attract a distinctively diminuitive bee to pollinate them.

Also just opening are two kinds of yellow flower--Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) and Purple-Headed Sneezeweed (Helenium flexuosum).

Another native blooming now is Adam's Needle (Yucca filamentosa), which looks like an import from the desert. It's striking white spires can be seen at the entryways of Pettoranello Gardens and Potts Park.

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