Rosa multiflora is a wild rose species with small, multiple blooms. This wild rose species has an intoxicating fragrance… I always move in close to drink in the heady perfume. Have you stopped to smell the roses today?
The cultivated wild rose pictured here is a favorite of gardeners in Illinois, and is often used as a low maintenance ornamental plant. The blooms are about 3″ across with showy, bright petals, and the typical wild rose leaf pattern.
Indian paintbrush is a US spring blooming wildflower, though you will often see it persist through late summer – growing taller with the passing of days. A number of native american tribes have used this plant as a paintbrush – hence the name. This particular paintbrush is a southwest variety.
Daylilies are edible and actually quite tasty. You can pluck the fresh flower blooms and stuff them with herbed cheese, chicken salad, or a light dip. They’re great with champagne too!
Overall, the indian strawberry (AKA false strawberry and mock strawberry) is smaller than the tasty wild strawberry, though the leaves look the same in shape. Wild strawberries have white blooms whereas indian strawberries have yellow blooms. Both are edible, but the indian strawberry is not as tasty. This little plant is just about ready to […]