Apr 14

Star Chickweed

These Star Chickweed [Stellaria pubera], a member of the Pink (Caryophyllaceae) family, were found in Gerton, North Carolina on 4 May 2013 and on 14 April 2018.  Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 274-275, states it’s found in woods and on rocky slopes.  It’s listed in the flowers with 5 regular parts section, but the petals are so deeply cleft that they look like they have 10 parts.  These specimens were just off a footpath of the same roadside trail in the woods on both occasions.

USDA Plants Listing:  Stellaria pubera

Star Chickweed – 14 April 2018

Star Chickweed in Gerton, NC – 4 May 2013

Star Chickweed (more) – 4 May 2013

Apr 14

Cut-leaved Toothwort or Pepperroot

Cut-Leaved Toothwort [Cardamine concatenata] found off a new path at Fletcher Park on 5 April 2014, on Bearwallow Mountain on 23 April 2016, and in Gerton, NC on 14 April 2018.  It’s a member of the Mustard (Brassicaceae) family. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 162-63, states it blooms in spring in rich woods.  Another synonym for the flower is Dentaria laciniata, and it also gives it another English name of Pepperroot.  The color is a little washed out, but it’s a white or pink flower.

USDA Plants Listing: Cardamine concatenata

Cut-leaved Toothwort – 14 Apr 2018

Cut-leaved Toothwort at Fletcher Park - 5 April 2014

Cut-leaved Toothwort at Fletcher Park – 5 April 2014

Cut-leaved Toothwort on Bearwallow Mountain- 23 April 2016

Cut-leaved Toothwort on Bearwallow Mountain- 23 April 2016

Cut-Leaved Toothwort (zoom out) - 23 April 2016

Cut-Leaved Toothwort (zoom out) – 23 April 2016

Aug 04

Two-lined Spittlebug

Two-lined Spittlebug [Prosapia bicinta] photos were taken in Flat Rock, North Carolina on 4 August 2017, found on a side window of my vehicle. The NWF Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America, page 136, says “adults jump when they are disturbed; they also release a yellow fluid from the feet, which might serve to deter predators.”

Two-lined Spittlebug – 4 August 2017

Two-lined Spittlebug (alt) – 4 August 2017

Jul 23

American Bellflower or Tall Bellflower

American Bellflower or Tall Bellflower [Campanulastrum americanum] found near mile marker 437 on the Blue Ridge Parkway on 25 July 2013 and 23 July 2017. It’s a member of the Shinleaf (Pyrolaceae) family. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 216-217, says it blooms in summer and fall in moist thickets.  The guide lists it’s scientific name as Campanula americana.

USDA Plants Listing: http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=CAAM18

American Bellflower on Blue Ridge Parkway - 25 July 2013

American Bellflower on Blue Ridge Parkway – 25 July 2013

American Bellflower (more) - 25 July 2013

American Bellflower (more) – 25 July 2013

American Bellflower – 23 Jul 2017

Jul 02

Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird Moth [Hemaris thysbe] photos were taken near Fletcher Park on 2 July 2017. The NWF Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America, page 333 says “on spring and summer days, these moths hover over flowers in open habitats…”  

Hummingbird Moth approaching Everlasting Pea – 2 July 2017

Hummingbird Moth on Common Milkweed – 2 July 2017

Hummingbird Moth (more detail) – 2 July 2017

Hummingbird Moth (wing detail) – 2 July 2017

Hummingbird Moth (head detail) – 2 July 2017

Jun 24

Common Mullein

Common Mullein [Verbascum thapsus] found near the Silver Leaf Diner, off US Route 11 in DeKalb Junction, New York on 21 June 2013 and at Biltmore Estate on 24 June 2017. It’s a member of the Figwort (Scrophulariaceae) family, with it’s distinctive woolly leaves. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 188-189, says that it blooms in summer and fall, and found on roadsides and in fields.

USDA Plants Listing:  http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=VETH

Common Mullein near Silver Leaf Diner - 21 June 2013

Common Mullein near Silver Leaf Diner – 21 June 2013

Common Mullein (top view) - 21 June 2013

Common Mullein (top view) – 21 June 2013

Common Mullein (Biltmore duo) – 24 June 2017

Common Mullein (zoom out) at Biltmore – 24 June 2017

Common Mullein (Biltmore) – 24 June 2017

 

Jun 17

Boxelder Bug

Boxelder Bugs [Boisea trivittata] were found at Carrier Park on Amboy Road in Asheville, North Carolina on 17 June 2017. The NWF Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America, page 128 says “adults and larvae take sap from seeds, flowers, and leaves, but cause little damage.”

Boxelder Bug – 17 June 2017

Boxelder Bug (groups) – 17 June 2017

May 27

Pale Corydalis or Rock Harlequin

Pale Corydalis or Rock Harlequin [Corydalis sempervirens] photos were taken on the North Carolina Bartram Trail, near Whiterock Mountain, on 27 May 2017 and Carl Sandburg Home on 28 May 2017.  It’s a member of the Fumitory (Fumariaceae) family. Allan Armitage’s Herbaceous Perennial Plants, (1989) page 156, states that it’s “flowers are pale pink to purple with yellow tips and the fern-like foliage is gray green.”  It grows in rocky places and is found blooming Spring to Fall.

USDA Plants Listing: Corydalis sempervirens

Pale Corydalis (close-up) – 27 May 2017

Pale Corydalis (leaves) – 27 May 2017

Pale Corydalis (leaves closer) – 27 May 2017

Pale Corydalis – 27 May 2017

Pale Corydalis (stem) – 27 May 2017

Pale Corydalis near Carl Sandburg Home – 28 May 2017

May 27

Bowman’s Root or Indian Physic

Bowman’s Root or Indian Physic [Gillenia trifoliata] photos were taken on the North Carolina Bartram Trail on 27 May 2017.  It’s a member of the Rose (Rosaceae) family.   Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 232-233, states that it grows in woods in Late Spring and Summer.  It is also called “Fawn’s Breath.”

USDA Plants Listing: Gillenia trifoliata

Bowman’s Root – 27 May 2017

Bowman’s Root (pull back) – 27 May 2017

Bowman’s Root (bunch) – 27 May 2017

May 27

Speckled Wood Lily or White Clintonia

Speckled Wood Lily or White Clintonia [Clintonia umbellulata] photos were taken on the North Carolina Bartram Trail on 27 May 2017.  It’s a member of the Lily (Liliaceae) family.   Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 338-339, states that it grows in rich woods in Spring and early Summer.  Timothy P. Spira’s Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains & Piedmont, pages 322-323, states “various birds and small mammals seek out speckled wood lily’s fruits and disperse the seeds.”

USDA Plants Listing: Clintonia umbellulata

Speckled Wood Lily – 27 May 2017

Speckled Wood Lily (zoom out) – 27 May 2017

Speckled Wood Lily (side) – 27 May 2017

Speckled Wood Lily (leaves) – 27 May 2017

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