Thursday, April 28, 2011

April Wildflowers...

Native Americans used Wild Geraniums as an ingredient in many medicinal treatments ranging from an astringent, a mouthwash, an anti-diarrhea medication, etc... The Iroquois Indians believed that a tea made from Wild Geraniums could counteract the effects of a love potion and break the unwanted love spell.


This dainty wildflower is easily overlooked, except when it's in bloom.  It rearely exceeds 6" in height.  This spring my lawn was speckled with these charming little blooms, along with the Dandelions!


Acutually, the flower appears in April/May and the fruit, no relation to an apple, appears later in the summer. Mayapples have gained famed among mushroom hunters as being an indicator of Morel mushroom locations.


The Wild Blue Phlox was one of the first native wildflowers to be collected by European explorers and exported to Europe.  It became very popular in Victorian England and symbolized a proposal of love and a wish of pleasant dreams.


Native to Europe and introduced into North America in the 1800s, this shrub in considered an invasive species by choking out naive plant life. However, because of its rapid growth and dense foliage, it has become a habitat and shelter for many wildlife species.


I loved these flowers weeds as a child... I would pretend that Deadnettle was the stately King and Henbit was his beautiful princess with a jeweled crown.  As an adult, I have wonderful memories of when my daughters were little girls--giving me gifts of beautiful bouquets of these purple wildflowers!


For more info and photography of wildflowers, visit Clay and Limestone's Wildflower Wednesday Celebration.

11 comments:

  1. Wildflower that is growing in your area is so pretty!

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  2. I really enjoyed hearing a bit of the history of wildflowers...and you have lovely photos. I am so going to add Yellow Star g=Grass to my lawnette. You have some of my favorite wildflowers and I do believe I have Russian Olive 'Elaeagnus angustiflia' in the wayback backyard~It keeps coming back! So glad you shared your garden blooms with us. gail

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  3. Interesting to see so many wildflowers that are the same or very similar to those around my feet as I take a stroll each day.

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  4. Lovely photos! Enjoyed your recollections of wildflower play. I still play with hollyhock flowers; they make the most gorgeous ballroom gowns.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your wildflower photos. Some are familiar; some are not. I wonder what the ratio of morels to mayapples is?

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  6. A very informative and fun post! I had no idea about the Mayapple/Morel relationship! That must mean my forest plot will be full of Morels this year, because it's full of Mayapples now! Thanks for all the great info!

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  7. Interesting info. about the Wild Geraniums...I have some so will see if any of them are practical (doubt it, but fun to know, anyway!). My May Apple hasn't bloomed but did produce 2 leaves this year so at least it's alive. I only added it to the garden last year so it probably needs a little more time to produce a flower! I love the Sweet William, have that one, too;-) Will keep your Yellow Star Grass in mind for the future. Don't think I've ever heard of that one!

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  8. I see most of these flowers every weekend at the no-kill animal shelter I volunteer for. The trails are packed with mayapples so I wonder if there are morels there, too? Great post! :o)

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  9. What fantastic picture. We have chickens on our little piece of land. We had Rhode Island Reds, but they all died off a couple of years ago, so we are at it again with 7 new babies. 5 of them look like the ones in your pictures.

    Michelle
    http://rottenapplewormfarm.com

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  10. We get Deadnettle growing over uncultivated ground on the allotments and the bees love it. It's a real shame to have to dig the up really so I always plant something to compensate the bees loss.

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  11. Thanks for sharing! My mom and I love wildflowers!

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