In the meadow

A small bunch of wildflowers; click on an image to see it in a larger size:

Hedge nettle – A wildflower I hadn’t noticed until recently, in the mint family.

Joe Pye Weed – Blooms in profusion in meadows in my area, just a few florets from a large cluster, at high magnification.

Queen Anne’s Lace – Or wild carrot, Daucus carota. I’ve never eaten it – you can confuse it with a poisonous hemlock species.

6 thoughts on “In the meadow

  1. When I first saw the hedge nettle, I thought it was lyre-leaf sage. I did find that both are in the mint family. Even though the flowers are different, their arrangement on the stem and the appearance of the receptacles post-bloom are quite similar. You probably know lyre-leaf sage; there are some photos here.

    It’s interesting that all three flowers seem so delicate, but in different ways. I think the Joe Pye weed buds are especially attractive.

    • I know garden salvia only – looks like lyre-leaf sage hasn’t been observed in Massachusetts. Cool that you know about the botany site for the New England wildflower society, my go-to site for plant ID. Thanks for the kind words about the Joe Pye…

  2. I really like this trio~you’ve presented these plants in such a delicate way. I love the way you’ve zoomed in on Joe Pye. Ha! I just had to type that in 3 times before my computer would accept it! I stay away from Queen Anne’s Lace too, in terms of snacking. i remember reading of a botanist who made the mistake and paid for it with his life.

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