Plant Identification: Prickly Pear Cactus


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How to identify prickly pear cactus, plus edible and medicinal uses.

June 21, 2012

Tiny Pink Wildflower


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Deptford pink wildflowers are easy to overlook because of their tiny flower size. (About the size of a dime or smaller.) Had I been looking for something special or tiny, I probably would have missed this flower.

June 7, 2012

Rosa Multiflora (multi-flower wild rose)


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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?

May 30, 2012

How To Identify Wild Rose


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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.

May 29, 2012

Purple Iris


Identification, Photography

Iris were brought to North America from Europe as an ornamental plant. Still a favorite amongst gardeners and flower lovers, you can often buy cut iris flowers from garden shops in the spring. There are many colors to choose from within the 100+ varieties, but this rich purple seems to be the most popular.

May 23, 2012