Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wildflowers of Ainsworth: Shepherd's Purse

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Not very interesting to look at, but Google the name and you find people wanting to sell you Shepherd's Purse herbal supplements.

The name comes from the vaguely heart-shaped pods, which apparently look like purses to the people who name flowers. I know you can't see them very well in that picture, but it's hard to photograph these stupid things on a dark, gloomy, rainy day, especially when you're standing in a muddy soybean field and you dare not even kneel down, much less lie on your stomach. And that's where I find these flowers: in the plowed fields bordering Deep River County Park, which are simply morasses of mud after two weeks of nearly nonstop rain.

I'm tired of rain.

Here are a couple pictures from yesterday, when it stopped raining for a few hours. The little white blossoms:


And the deeply toothed basal leaves, which form a rosette around the main stem.


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