Monthly Archives: November 2014

Portulaca smallii (Small’s Purslane) at the Mitchell Mill State Natural Area

Portulaca smallii (Small’s Purslane) is a rare, protected plant, endemic to the thin soils of granite flatrocks and outcrops in the Piedmont regions of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina (a single site) and Georgia.  The Mitchell Mill State Natural Area contains … Continue reading

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The Resilient Carpetweed – Mollugo verticillata

“Why write about weeds?” I am sometimes asked.  Although there are many reasons, here is an interesting one: Weeds are the future.  That is one thesis in Peter Del Tredici’s excellent book Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast – A … Continue reading

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A Variety of Autumn Colors at Falls Lake

As a shade loving, understory tree, Carpinus caroliniana, known as American Hornbeam or Ironwood, is rarely seen as a colorful autumn tree.  But given the right circumstances, particularly enough sun, the normal pale yellow leaves can be replaced by bright red.  The … Continue reading

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The First Week of November

“When you go outside to enjoy the crispness of this first week of November see if you find: Witch Hazel blooming http://www.ncwildflower.org/index.php/plants/details/hamamelis-virginiana/ Some Water Striders, Orb Weavers (spiders) and Crickets around. Some cricket call heard mid-morning http://ifasgallery.ifas.ufl.edu/entnem/walker/buzz/529sl.wav I’ve seen some … Continue reading

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