Native Plants, Habitat Restoration, and Other Science Snippets from Athens, Georgia

Wednesday: 6 October 2004

Three buckeye species  -  @ 07:17:37
A few days ago I posted a photo of a buckeye fruit. I've collected this year's harvest from three species and present the family picture below. Buckeye seeds don't survive desiccation (anyone charmed by the polished woodlike-exterior has been disappointed to see the seeds shrivel up in a few days) and must be planted immediately. It's probably worth mentioning the all plant parts are poisonous.

Poor robin's plantain?  -  @ 07:04:05
A couple of weeks ago Nancy Weikle of The Garden's Gift blog got in touch with me and I looked at her website. I've been selecting color variants in daisy fleabane (Erigeron annuus) so I was especially interested in her spot on finding Poor Robin's plantain, Erigeron pulchellus. Unlike the usual fleabanes this species has much larger flowers that persist.

To my surprise I found the plant below flowering the other day and as far as I can tell it is a very nice blue variant of E. pulchellus. It seems to have more cauline leaves than I would expect but I can't think of what else it would be - if anyone else knows from this photo I'd love to hear. Anyway, I'm very pleased to find this volunteer.

UPDATE: Nope, the more I look at it the more I think it is not E. pulchellus. Too many stem leaves and flowering at the wrong time. More likely Showy Aster (Aster spectabilis = Eurybia spectabilis). Any agreement/disagreement?

Saturday: 2 October 2004

Come no closer!  -  @ 15:24:45
This house is protected by Leona!

Hearts a'burstin'  -  @ 15:17:37
Autumn is also the time for strawberry euonymous, or hearts a'burstin' to fruit. The flower is pretty insignificant; the treat is in the opening fruits (below). They must be a favorite food for deer, since we never saw any until we put up the electric fence. Now I realize those little succulent evergreens were cropped E. americana - they've since grown a couple of feet tall.

buckeyes  -  @ 14:51:35
So this is why they call it a buckeye. I've stared at those polished seeds for years and didn't get it until I saw one peeking out at me.

Last week I went down and got a dozen or so painted buckeye seeds, and today the bottlebrush and red buckeyes presented us with a dozen or more each. Into the pots they go, since they won't survive drying out.

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