Wildflowers in our Woods Now – May 24, 2014

East: Along the wide woods path at the end of Bassett Brook Road are wide swaths of Canada Mayflower, also known as False Lily of the Valley, now beginning to bloom. Its scientific name is Maianthemum canadense. It’s edible; there’s a recipe online for jelly!  Google it online to see picture, or see a neat youtube about it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRd_JKlCW_g.

Golden Alexander
Golden Alexander

North: Look along the woodland path for Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea). Its name tells its color. It is beneficial to a wide range of insects with short mouth parts, says the USDA. (http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_PLANTMATERIALS/publications/mdpmcfs7726.pdf)


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