Flowers from the hill

Horn Pond Mountain is a hill in a neighboring town. It’s a great place for butterflies and flowers. I had hopes for butterflies and dragonflies on this visit, but found a number of interesting flowers, including a species I’ve never noticed before, racemed milkwort:

From left to right, they are old-field toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis), false Solomon’s-seal (Maianthemum racemosum), and racemed milkwort (Polygala polygama). There were also large patches of whorled yellow loosestrife. I saw just one butterfly, a beautiful dark form Tiger swallowtail that wasn’t cooperative for this photographer. The milkwort is a relative of different-looking, orchid-like gaywings, or fringed polygala (Polygala paucifolia).

11 thoughts on “Flowers from the hill

  1. Two of the three I have not seen to date. Maybe I need to visit more old fields. False Solomon Seal is in our yard on its own and for some reason I’ve never been moved to photograph it. All three here are lovely shots, Tom.

    • Thanks, Steve. The curve of the stem of the false Solomon’s seal what attracted me, otherwise it’s not that interesting. I see toadflax all over, but it’s easy to over look.

  2. I find many butterflies uncooperative with this photographer. 🙂 Beautiful series. I’ve seen some that resemble, and may be, old-field toadflax, but the other two don’t look as familiar.

  3. I recognized the toadflax — the genus, if not the species — but the milkwort doesn’t look anything like the various milkwort species I’ve come across here. All three are so lovely and delicate; the greens are especially appealing. They have that fresh, springtime glow that’s as ephemeral as any flower.

    • Toadflax reminds me of lobelia. I had no idea what the milkwort was, I had to use a key that led me to the genus and many species to sift through. Thanks, they were fun to find.

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