What’s In Flower Today
. . . and the difference between Virgin’s Bower and Sweet Autumn Clematis, Anne Arundel Country, MD
Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa.
Sneezeweed, Helenium autumnale.
Shrubby Bushclover, Lespedeza bicolor.
Indiangrass, Sorgastrum nutans.
Panicled Hawkweed, Hieracium paniculatum.
Heal-All, Prunella vulgaris.
Alien St. Johnswort, Hypericum perfoliatum.
Virgin’s Bower (aka Woodbine), Clematis virginiana.
This is our native, which is unscented and has toothed, three-parted leaves. The near identical Sweet Autumn Clematis, Clematis terniflora is fragrant, has untoothed five-parted leaves, is more invasive and can not tolerate wetland conditions as well as our native.
Velvet-Leaf, Abutilon theophrasti.
Tick-Seed Sunflower, Bidens polylepis.
Purple Passionflower, Passiflora incarnata.
Some sources in literature suggest that purple passionflower is adventive to Maryland, as it is native from southern Virginia, south to Florida and west to Texas. Just as many sources say that this plant is native to the Maryland and Delaware coastal plain, as representing the northernmost extent of its nature range.
Gamagrass, Tripsacum dactyloides.
I also took photos of inflated lobelia, mugwort, yellow vetch, spearmint, pink smartweed, elephant’s-foot, English ivy, bindweed and Virginia seashore mallow (Kosteletzkya virginica), all in flower.