Thursday, July 24, 2014

July 22, 2014: Culver's Root

Culver's Root. 7/9/14 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

This is the first year that I have seen Culver's Root (Family Plantaginaceae) at the Park.  The first population was found along the west side of Pond M and at least 2 others were found on Deb Lewis's prairie flower walk last Thursday night, near the Harrison Rd parking lot.  (This was also the first time she had observed this species at the Park.)

Culver's Root is a native. clumping perennial wildflower that grows well in moist to wet meadows and prairies.  It is found from Manitoba south to Texas and in all the states eastward to the Atlantic Ocean.  This plant grows 3 to 6 feet tall, has whorled leaves (3 to 7 leaves) that can be up to 6 inches long, and blooms from July to September.

(Beebalm (Monarda fistula) plants are blooming in the background.)

Wolf. Oesterreich

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