Joe-Pye, Jerusalem, and Other Delights

Joe-pye weed (photo by Kate St. John)

The weather was lovely in Schenley Park last week when I found Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum) and Jerusalem artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus) in full bloom.

Jerusalem artichoke flower (photo by Kate St. John)

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) hasn’t bloomed in five months but the leaves are still growing. Some are now three times the size of a real colt’s foot.

Coltsfoot leaves (photo by Kate St. John)

Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) is blooming and developing fruit.

Pokeweed in bloom (photo by Kate St. John)

But some plants are not faring so well. This porcelain berry has chlorosis, a condition that makes its leaves turn white. This plant is invasive so I don’t feel so bad.

Variegated leaves on porcelain berry, a sign of chlorosis (photo by Kate St. John)

Get outdoors today before the weather gets hot. It will be in the 90s next week!

(photos by Kate St. John)

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