Posts Tagged ‘Indian pink’

Me and My Shadow

IMG_3738

Here’s an Indian pink flower (spigelia marilandica) with a shadow of itself.

IMG_3740

The position of the sun determines the angle and the size of the flower’s shadow.

The combination of the flower stalks and the dark shadows mirroring it makes an interesting composition.

A Late Bloomer

   Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica) usually blooms in May through early June.

IMG_2354

I found these flower on June 27.

IMG_2332

The plants grow from 12 – 18 inches tall and usually bloom May through early June.

IMG_2342

Their range includes Illinois, down through Texas and over to Virginia.

IMG_2724

Then I found this one blooming on July 13th. This should be the last of them since there’s no more buds.

.Maybe they bloomed later to get more attention.

Morning Explorations

IMG_0628

I initially went outside to take a few poppy pictures.

IMG_0631

This iris is a family heirloom from my grandmother. Several of them attracted ants.

IMG_0637

The immature male white-tailed skimmer (Libellula lydia) flew out occasionally hawking insects.

IMG_0646  crop

 I first thought it was an eastern-tailed blue butterfly and soon realized it was a spring azure (Celastrina argiolus ladon).

IMG_0653

A red-eared slider was crossing our front yard, heading toward the highway.

IMG_0655

It posed for pictures. Friday traffic was too heavy for me to carry it across the highway. I didn’t see which direction it ended up heading.

IMG_0659

Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica) is a perennial that grows in low moist woods, ravines or stream banks.

IMG_0666

Spiderwort (Trandescantia sp.) is a wildflower too.

IMG_0670

This iris was bent over and hidden under an area with dense growth.

IMG_0672

Grandfather’s rose is a family heirloom. It was given to my grandmother when my mother was born in 1929.

IMG_0692

A “whoop” practically echoed over the yard when I found the first cluster of catalpa hornworm eggs. The immature stages of the caterpillars, plus all the predators they attract, make for interesting caterpillar watching.

IMG_0701

This dragonfly did cooperate for pictures. I think it’s a juvenile blue dasher.

An hour sure can pass quickly when I’m having fun.

Indian Pink

Don’t ask me why they call this flower Indian pink. I have no idea. I don’t see anything pink about it. It also goes by woodland pinkroot, pinkroot and its scientific name Spigelia marilandica.

It’s a native wildflower of southeastern U.S.  and is now sold in nurseries. In the wild it grows in rich moist woods and along streams.  It’s recommended gardeners plant it in shade or partial shade. The plants naturally grow in clumps. Mine “contained” themselves naturally to 1 clump for many years. Now small clumps and individuals are sprouting up all along the side of an old one-car garage. It’s said they grow 1-2 feet tall. My tallest clump is 3 feet or more.

Mine started blooming in April. Of course, our winter was more spring-like. (Our spring’s like late June with highs to 90 instead of 70.)

Everything I’ve read said Indian pink’s pollinated by hummingbirds. I’ve yet to verify that.

What are the odds — here I sit working on this blog, look out the picture window by my computer, and in flies a hummer! It checks out the red of an empty tube feeder. It’s the first one I’ve seen this year. I can’t see the Indian pink from here, so I still don’t know if it visited them.