Saturday, December 10, 2016

Friday Flowers - December 9, 2016

New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

            This was one of 18 wild flowers that I found in the Hamilton area yesterday. They were either growing as "weeds" in and around the flower beds of the Royal Botanical Garden's Rose Garden or at the side of the parking lot or along the Hamilton Waterfront Trail. As would be expected, after several frost and a couple of snowfalls, they were all looking rather poorly but they were still blooming. The dandelions and groundsels were also still producing seeds.

Here is the whole list of wild flowering species seen:

Alyssum, Hoary *         Berteroa incana
Aster, Heath             Symphyotrichum ericoides
Aster, New England       Symphyotrichum novae-angliae  
Aster, Panicled          Symphyotrichum lanceolatum
Chickweed, Common *      Stellaria media
Clover, White Sweet*     Melilotus alba
Dandelion, Common *      Taraxacum officinale
Dandelion, Red-Seeded*   Taraxacum erythrospermum
Feverfew *               Tanacetum parthenium
Goldenrod, Canada        Solidago canadensis
Goldenrod, Lance-Leaved  Euthamia graminifolia
Goldenrod, Tall          Solidago altissima
Groundsel, Common *      Senecio vulgaris
Spurge, Petty *          Euphorbia peplus
Storksbill *             Erodium cicutarium
Tansey *                 Tanacetum vulgare
Witch Hazel              Hamamelis virginiana
Yarrow, Common *         Achillea millefolium

            As one can see 11* of the species are not native.

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