Toxicodendron radicans (Poison ivy)
I identified last week’s Something Bright flower as poison ivy. That was not correct, as several of my smart followers pointed out.
All agree it is a type of berry, but I am still working to identify it. The options include:
- Rubus aboriginum — Garden dewberry
- R. allegheniensis — Allegheny blueberry
- R. arbutus — Sawtooth blueberry
- R. caesius — European dewberry
- R. cuneifolius — Sand blueberry
I should be able to make a final determination when the berries ripen.
Mountain laurel, aka calico-bush or spoonwood (Kalmia latifolia)
Solomon’s seal or King Solomon’s-seal (Polygonatum)
Our premature spring in Northern Virginia showed off its harbingers almost side by side:
The tiny promise of warmer days, Crocus Chryanthus.
And summer’s threat of weeds unending, Cardamine hirsuta, the hairy bittercress.
And so we take the bitter with the sweet.
Torch ginger (Etlingera elatior)
Calla Lily aka Arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)