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Giuseppe Verdigris-eyed monster

Backlit by goldenrod, Panicledleaf ticktrefoil (Desmodium paniculatum) stood out despite being so slender. Like alien heads with glowing jade eyes, the tiny flowers oddly resembled a purple version of Crow T. Robot (MST3K) holding pea-shaped opera glasses.

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Transparency in hoverment

Following along a meadow path, this Hummingbird clearwing moth flitted from flower to pale purple flower — ironweed, I think — taking a sip or two from each one as it went. (Earlier post about two such moths.)

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Henbit part

A few stems of this lovely little flower were growing just by the side of the road near the library meadow. A member of the mint family, its name — Henbit deadnettle (Lamium amplexicaule) — sounds more ominous than its … Continue reading

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Blue bell-shaped bird calls

Part of the pea family, pretty purple & blue Bird vetch (Vicia cracca) hung like soft bells plinking a sweet tune here and there across a meadow.

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Just the flax, ma’am

Despite its bright color, this Canada toadflax (Nuttallanthus Canadensis) is easy to miss. Its skinny stem is practically leafless, and the bloom size is quite small. Still, it rewards a closer look with at least a partial eyeful of vibrant … Continue reading

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Aquatic pick-me-up

Flanked by their large, lily-like leaves, pointy purple clusters of Pickerelweed (perhaps Pontederia cordata) are flowering along the water’s edge at Franklin Lake Park in West Long Branch.

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A good little monkey

A couple of small patches of pale purple Square-stemmed (or Allegheny) monkeyflowers (Mimulus ringens) have popped up in the marshy section of the park. Hummingbirds were taking a taste test the other day.

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