Now Blooming: Blue-eyed Mary

On Tuesday I mentioned that Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia verna) is blooming at Cedar Creek Park, but I didn’t show you what it looks like.

Here it is, with two pink flowers as rare as four-leaf clovers.

Blue-eyed Mary is typically blue and white but there are places where you can find pink ones.   Dianne Machesney photographed these at Braddocks Trail Park in North Huntingdon Township where she says about 10% of the flowers are pink.

This weekend I’m going to Enlow Fork where 99% them are blue.

UPDATE:  Sunday May 1 is the annual Enlow Fork Wildflower Walk, sponsored by the Wheeling Creek Watershed Association.  (Enlow Fork’s full name is “Enlow Fork of Wheeling Creek.”)  Click here for more information about the event.  I was there Friday and yes, the Blue-eyed Mary are carpeting the ground!

(photo by Dianne Machesney)