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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hairy

This year I have decided to try to be a little more comprehensive when it comes to local wildflower blooms and include some of the less spectacular (smaller) flowering plants whenever possible. I like hairy plants and this one certainly qualifies. I don't know what it is but I'll find out and let you know soon. These are blooming in little patches all over Highrock Park, small plants about 6 inches high. Below is a patch mixed with Miner's Lettuce.Later...I've been through both of my field guides to local wildflowers without being able to make an identification of this plant. Any ideas?


Reader sonicmur identified this plant as the Red Deadnettle (Lamium purpureum), native to Europe and Asia and classified here as an invasive species. Despite its similarity to true nettles this one is not related and has no sting, hence its name.

5 comments:

Dean Lewis said...

These rich and beautiful colourful close-ups are great to see with so many grey and gloomy days of late.
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As subjects, they are a real forte for you.

sonicmur said...

Hi,
I've never seen Miner's Lettuce - maybe it doesn't grow here in the UK.
The other plant is the Red Dead Nettle - Lamium purpureum

Dean Lewis said...

The vibrant colours really are complementarily beautiful.

The liking 'hairy plants'has to be an appreciation of both flora and fauna thing. :)

Benjamin Madison said...

sonicmur, Thanks! I guess it wasn't in my field guides because it is classed as an "invasive" species. In any case I'm happy to know what it is called.

JoJo said...

These so called 'invasive' species sure are pretty.