Tuesday, September 16, 2014

a study in purple and green


I found this interesting plant by the side of a country road in early August.  Others that were nearby were fully opened up and the general structure resembled the queen Anne's lace I've seen so often.  These were quite a bit larger however.  I'll bet someone out there knows.

7 comments:

  1. Hmm...with purple sheaths like this my first thought was Wild Angelica Angelica sylvestris, but that species is not hairy and your photo is of a quite hairy plant. This is one of the Hogweeds Heracleum spp, which usually have green sheaths. If it is gigantic (ie taller than you with flower heads as big as a dinner plate) it is the introduced Giant Hogweed H. mantegazzianum, if more like a very robust 'Queen Annes Lace' it is regular Hogweed H. sphondylium. Either way, don't touch the plants as you can end up with nasty burns. They are indeed in the same family as Wild Carrot Daucus carrota aka Queen Annes Lace.

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  2. it has so much going on on the inside!

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  3. Yes there's a fiasco going on inside that plant, ole :)

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  4. I like how something that looks such a tangled mess can turn into exquisite beauty.

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