Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Two named flowers

Courtesy of the Connecticut Botanical Society (http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries)

Woodland Sunflower

Helianthus divaricatus

This is a very common sunflower in partly shady places.

• Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
• Habitat: sparse woods, dry thickets
• Height: 2-6 feet
• Flower size: 1-1/2 to 3 inches across
• Flower color: yellow
• Flowering time: July to October
• Origin: native

Helianthus divaricatus

Jewelweed (Spotted Touch-me-not)
Impatiens capensis, Impatiens pallida

Jewelweed is an entertaining plant. The ripe seedpods pop open at a gentle touch, hence the name touch-me-not. Water drops bead up on the leaves, and a leaf held underwater has a silver sheen. There is also a species with yellow flowers, pale touch-me-not.

• Family: Balsam (Balsaminaceae)
• Habitat: moist shady areas
• Height: 2-5 feet
• Flower size: 1 to 1/2 inches long
• Flower color: orange
• Flowering time: July to September
• Origin: native

Impatiens capensis Impatiens capensis

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