Botanical Notes

by Carl Strang

Plants develop so quickly in such diversity that it is easy to miss the less conspicuous stages in their growth. Blue-eyed grass attracts the eye when it is blooming, but what does it do after?

This is one of the earliest-blooming prairie plants. They’ve been done for weeks now.

This is one of the earliest-blooming prairie plants. They’ve been done for weeks now.

Though less showy, the developing fruits form an interesting cluster of spherical shapes.

Though less showy, the developing fruits form an interesting cluster of spherical shapes.

This spring also has provided a rare look at what river bulrush looks like when it is flowering.

Most of the time this plant with its large soft triangular stems makes do spreading vegetatively. A cluster of stems in Mayslake Forest Preserve’s stream corridor marsh decided to bloom this year.

Most of the time this plant with its large soft triangular stems makes do spreading vegetatively. A cluster of stems in Mayslake Forest Preserve’s stream corridor marsh decided to bloom this year.

Here’s an annual to finish today’s review.

Penny cress already is done and senescent, the seeds showing through these backlit pods.

Penny cress already is done and senescent, the seeds showing through these backlit pods.

When blooming it looked like this, with typical 4-petaled mustard family flowers.

When blooming it looked like this, with typical 4-petaled mustard family flowers.

I have a list. I hope to provide more photos of what plants do when they are done flowering.

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1 Comment

  1. Lisa Rainsong said,

    June 23, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I had no idea about the blue-eyed grass fruits. Thanks – we don’t see a lot of this plant here, but I’ll watch for the fruits. I saw some in bloom today – it’s in some of our meadows – so we’re either later here in NE Ohio or there is another species of blue-eyed grass here.


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