Happy Saturday to you all!
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Rheum rhabarbarum ‘Victoria’ – (any guesses on this one?) Rhubarb!!
It’s not just for the veggie garden anymore!!
This is Chenopodium album or Lamb’s quarters. A weed to most of you, however a tasty spinach-like treat for others like me! My eye was immediately drawn to the purple spots on its leaves. What IS that?!? Seems it has been seen before by peeps on the internet, however, I could not find any info on it aside from, “Yes, it has been confirmed that people do indeed see the purple on the lamb’s ear. That is all.”
So, pulling out my best magnifying glass (and the zoom lens for you) I got a little closer. the damage was from the back. This is a fuzzy plant.
I’ve also seen this plant with purple leaves at the top.
Just as I was going to give up… I mean, who would put the effort into studying what harms weeds?!? A pesticide specialist and plant geeks like me! I finally found someone who may know what I’m talking about. I’m not sure it tells the whole story, however it talks about this species of plant containing salt bladders in the leaves as a defense mechanism to pests.
Perhaps this is the culprit?
So, if the research is true,in summary: the purple is the plants defense mechanism (the salt bladders) that the ‘lil bug has damaged and caused the leaves to turn purple. Sure, final answer.
Limenitis arthemis – Red-spotted Purple or White Admiral on Silphium perfoliatum – cup plant
Cornus mas – Cornelian cherry or dogwood
The fruit can be used raw, dried or used in preserves. Raw, it has a juicy, acid flavor. The fully ripe fruit has a somewhat plum-like flavor and texture and is very nice eating, but the unripe fruit is rather astringent. It is rather low in pectin and so needs to be used with other fruit when making jam. At one time the fruit was kept in brine and used like olives. The seeds can also be roasted, ground into a powder and used as a coffee substitute. It is very high in vitamin C.
Still has a bit to go in it’s color changero from white to pink.
Clematis alpina white – seed heads
Hemerocallis ‘Barbara Mitchell’ – Daylily
Hemerocallis ‘Pardon me’ – Daylily
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