Cheryl Harner's Flora and Butterfly Blog
Weedpicker's Journal: Discover the native plants of Ohio and the butterflies that utilize them.
My Favorite Mustard April 17, 2007
The Brassicaceae, or Mustard family has many, many members including everything from Dame's Rocket to Garlic Mustard. A major characteristic is a four petaled flower, and one of my favorites is this lovely purple ephemeral. An early arrival, it doesn't seem to be too picky about its habitat. Last week I drove past a large stand in a local ditch and slammed on the brakes to get a better view. Yes, don't tail gate a weedpicker in the springtime, or you are begging for disaster.

This little beauty was photographed in a very wet woods in Adario, Ohio. The soil there is a muck that was once a bog. A morning hike with one of the best botanists around, Steve McKee, is always my idea of a good time. Every girl should own a pair of knee high boots for this type of social occasion. This particular woods was filled with Trout lily and Trilliums, along with this Cardamine douglassii, or Purple Cress. I hope you have some in your neighborhood too. :)

Brassicaceae – Mustard family
2007-04-18 01:44:43 GMT
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