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Archive for June 18th, 2009

Common Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare)

Common Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare)

When driving to town yesterday, I made stops along the road to check out what was blooming. Here is a selection from what I found. Can you pick out the native plants from the exotic imports? Look them over, and then scroll to the bottom of the post for the answer.

Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)

Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

Yellow Hawkweed (Hieracium caespitosum)

Yellow Hawkweed (Hieracium caespitosum)

Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

I bet you guessed. All these common roadside plants are exotics. They were introduced to North America and have never looked back.

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