Monday, April 09, 2007

Wildflowers of a Lesser God

Green violet, Hybanthus concolor

Tuberous Stoneseed, Lithospermum tuberosum (a.k.a. Southern Stoneseed)

Wood Spurge, Euphorbia commutata (a.k.a. Tinted Woodland Spurge)

Their respective larger images:

Hybanthus concolor

Lithospermum tuberosum

Euphorbia commutata

I've found that even most wildflower enthusiasts don't get too excited about wildflowers without much actual flower to them. I do, though.


Rose Connors said...

If wildflowers were ladies, these ones would be the richest and classiest of them all. They're beautiful and they have no need to show it off flamboyantly like their sisters. Furthermore, they reward the quiet and thoughtful observer.

meresy_g said...

wildflowers with unobtrusive flowers are my favorite. You have to work to find their beauty. Wild Ginger comes to mind.

Greenbird said...

I've stumbled upon some people like me--except better. I'm dumbstruck. (My family thinks I'm nuts for photographing flowering moss and the fungus on dog droppings. I think these are as fascinating as any showy garden bloom.)

pablo said...

You've been tagged.


Rurality said...

Thanks y'all.

Rose I like the way you put that! I think the ladyslippers might argue that they're the classiest though. :)

Meredity, yes I love the ginger too. We have only the deciduous on our place, but I got one of the other types at a rescue last week and planted it near the creek so we'll see how it does. If and when I ever make a wildflower garden here I'd love to get all the gingers that are in Alabama.

Greenbird, welcome! My family all thinks I'm nuts already. :)

Pablo, actually I saw that already and I'm working feverishly on my post. Which means it'll probably be next week LOL.

Rurality said...

Also, Greenbird, do you realize that your blog profile link does not link back to anything? (It says it's private.)

Magical Rose Garden said...

Your blog has been spotlighted and linked at The Magical Rose Garden! Congratulations! Stop by and enjoy the garden, then link to us if you would like. We also have a blogroll, chicklets . . . enjoy the garden!

Ontario Wanderer said...

You would fit right in on our wild flower walks. Last evening one could see people several times down on hands and knees taking closer looks at flowers that most people don't ever even see.

El said...

Doesn't a flower's flamboyance have to do with their need for pollinators? Bees see in the ultraviolet range that we cannot, but I know they appreciate an obvious bloom. I wonder what, or how, these beauties pollinate/get pollinated. Are they more like grass?

(Ah, the depths of my ignorance.)

mon@rch said...

Love all your macro shots of these wildflowers! Keep up the great work!

KFarmer said...

Yes, please do. I learn so much here and LOVE it!

Maktaaq said...

Wood spurge?

Is this ( also wood spurge?

Rurality said...

Thanks MRG, I will visit! I've long been needing to update my blogroll -- maybe after tax season. :)

OW, sounds like fun! I went on a trip once with a wildflower person who could spot a tiny plant at 60 mph!

El, I'm not sure, although the green violets are self-pollinators I believe. Have you seen those pictures where they show you what a flower looks like to a bee? Lots of little "nectar is this way" indicators that I'd never noticed before!

Thanks Ton and KF!

Maktaaq, that is a Euphorbia of some sort, but it looks more like one of the garden varieties. Though I'm not an expert at all! There was a pretty one on the garden tour we took last year.

lisa said...

If you enjoy some less colorful wildflowers, check this out:
They look more like mushrooms, but the Audobon guide says they're wildflowers....I say they're just plain cool.