Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cool Weather, Flowering Weeds, Beach Farm

These are the weeds blooming in our beach farm's plots this week, maybe this whole month, and year? Click on the pictures for monster size.

Dead Nettle, Lamium purpureum.

Pretty enough for a weed. Below, its flowering-at-the-same-time look-a-like. Both have tooth-edged, hairy leaves that purple at the top, upright growth habit, tubular pink-purple flowers, and the purple-green square stems of the mint-family. But, they do have significantly different leaf shapes, venation, and upon close inspection, dissimilar flowers. 

Henbit, Lamium amplexicaule

At first appears to be a chickweed, either Stellaria spp. or Cerastium spp, but the four-petaled flower says Whitlow Grass, Draba verna. Compare.

Likes dry sites, hmm. Like the sandy farm.

Quite probably Geranium robertianum, or Herb Robert or Stinky Bob.

This bloomed late late late fall too.

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