Saturday, August 15, 2015

Wildflowers of Ainsworth: Rose Mallow

I found this hibiscus-looking thing out in my field.

2015-8-15. Rose Mallow blossom
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In fact, its botanical name is Hibiscus palustris. It is a native wildflower.

Each flower blooms only for a day, I believe. This one has several buds awaiting their turn.

2015-8-15. Rose Mallow blossom and buds

This plant is about three feet high.

2015-8-15. Rose Mallow

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In other wildflowers news, the swamp milkweed that last year hosted a Monarch caterpillar this year has four. Here's two of them.

2015-8-15. Swamp milkweed with caterpillars

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