Orchards of Sandy Spring

Molly and I performed mitigation monitoring for a created wetland that we designed, and the following were a few of the late summer, early autumn flowering plants that we observed.

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New York Ironweed (Veronia noveboracenis).

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Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphillitica).

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New England Aster (Aster novae-anglica).

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Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis).

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Fringed Quickweed (Galinsoga quadriradiata).  This plant is also known as shaggy soldier and Peruvian daisy (FACUI), is an alien summer annual, native to Central and South America.  The plant belongs to the aster (daisy) family, has an extensive fibrous root system and usually occurs at disturbed sites, such as abandon fallow fields.

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Marsh Yellow Cress (Rorippa palustris).

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Praying Mantis.

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Water Plantain (Alisma plantago-aquatica).

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Three-Nerved Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium dubium).

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Seedbox (Ludwigia alternifolia).

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Virginia Bugleweed (Lycopus virginicus).

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Ditch Stonecrop (Penthorum sedoides).

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Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia).

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Horse Nettle, aka Carolina Nightshade (Solanum carolinense).

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Fireweed (Erechtites hieraciifolia).

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Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis).

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Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) seed head.

We also observed Bidens, monkeyflower, yellow wood sorrel, inflated lobelia, swamp milkweed, pink and white smartweed, rose mallow and beefsteak, in early and/or late flower.

 

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