Category Archives: Vines, Grasses, & Weeds

Common ground cover

Easy to miss because of their size, tiny white and blue flowers growing low to the ground were still worth a look as some of the first signs of the spring blooms to come. The blue ones might be Corn … Continue reading

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Dream boa

A mass of feathery feelers, the soft head of this Rabbitfoot clover (Trifolium arvense) looks like a wispy world unto itself.

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Good nightshade Irene

Hanging like a juicy bunch of tiny tomatoes, the poisonous fruit of the Climbing nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) looks all too innocent. (Earlier post about nightshade flowers.)

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Young plant with a horn

Blaring orange, the flowers of this Trumpet creeper vine (Campsis radicans) put on quite a show to be seen, if not heard. These were near one entrance to the Union Transportation Trail in Upper Freehold.

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Barbed mire

Growing like spiky caterpillars along a marshy section, these bristly seed heads may belong to Bottlebrush or porcupine sedge (Carex hystericina).

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Thorny ikebana

I think this is some kind of Greenbrier vine (Smilax genus), which is growing in extensive thickets throughout the wooded areas of Weltz Park. This piece was sort of off by itself near a path, though, and its prickly intersection … Continue reading

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Halloween fireballs

Sheathed in yellow casings, the bright orange berries of this Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) emerge to form mini pumpkin patches to decorate the autumn woods. This vine was growing along the edge of Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown, NJ.

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