News from the preserves, parks and backyards of Princeton, NJ. The website aims to acquaint Princetonians with our shared natural heritage and the benefits of restoring native diversity and beauty to the many preserved lands in and around Princeton.
It's the time of year when blue weedy flowers start popping up along Harrison Street. My interest in wildflowers was first piqued by what grew along roadsides in the midwest--salsify, bouncing bet, wooly mullen, dame's rocket, teasel--nearly all of them non-native. Each had nice details in the flowers when I'd stop to take a look. This one's chicory, whose root was widely used during the Civil War as a coffee substitute.