Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Blue Eyed Mary

This is one of the rarer wildflowers around here and it's rather delicate.   I saw some years ago in a little glade, but logging trucks went through there later and I haven't seen it since.    I was very happy to find some not far away this year.   And I had the camera with me!

It is Blue Eyed Mary - Collinsia verna.  It's an annual and if it is disturbed in the spring before it has a chance to set seed, then it disappears.


Notice the two white petals up and the two blue below.  Now notice the leaves.   They are opposite each other on the stem and completely surround it with the broad bases.   That tells you that this is Collinsia verna and not another Collinsia.   [There are some all blue ones on the west coast.]

It's a short plant, around a foot or so high here. The blossoms are in loose whorls around the stem.  

So pretty!

Here's more info on it from the Missouri Botanical Garden.   And even more from Illinois Wildflowers.

1 comment:

  1. She sure is lovely. Blue Eyed Mary may turn Black Eyed Susan into Green Eyed Susan.

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