Monday, July 27, 2015
Pineweed- Yellow Blossoms Like Star Jewels
The pineweed is in bloom!
Pineweed, Hypericum gentianoides, has tiny yellow star-like flowers and they are so small that they can be easily overlooked.
Against the grey rock of our local monadnocks, like Stone Mountain, Panola Mountain and Arabia Mountain, they are like small jewels.
You might think that since these leaves look like pines, they would be hard like pine needles, but they are soft to the touch and bend easily in the hot breeze of a July day in Georgia. What little breeze we have anyway! (My car said 106 degrees today.)
See the photos above? This is a sign of the flowers that can be found at Stone Mountain in the Quarry Exhibit. (Why isn't this in the Nature Garden there? Who knows?) I think Richard took a better photo of the pineweed than the one they have displayed on the photo! AND dear reader of this blog, if you have been reading this blog for very long, YOU will know all the names on this sign!
(P.S. We call spiderwort "tradescantia" because that is the botanical name and Richard likes that name better! I must admit, it does sound nice with his accent.)
See the coreopsis and the Yellow Daisy? People will confuse the two, but hey, just look at them! Can't tell the difference? Come and find me, I will set you straight! HA!