Catnip, Fleabane, Mullein and More

Catnip in bloom, Duck Hollow, 28 June 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)

2 July 2022

Seen this week at Duck Hollow, listed in photo order:

  • Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is in bloom (at top). No cats were present but plenty of dogs walked by. The Duck Hollow trail is popular with dog-walking services.
  • Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is 5-6 feet tall now with a spike of yellow flowers.
  • Moth mullein (Verbascum blattaria) is a much more delicate plant than common mullein.
  • Daisy fleabane (Erigeron annuus) cast petal-shadows on its disks as it opened in the morning sun.
  • Leaf miners are active now, making squiggles inside the leaves. (I don’t know the identity of the leaves pictured below.)
  • Teasel (Dipsacus sp.) hasn’t bloomed yet but it is getting close.
Common mullein in bloom, Duck Hollow, 28 June 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)
Moth mullein, Duck Hollow, 28 June 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)
Fleabane opening in morning sun, Duck Hollow, 28 June 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)
Teasel not quite blooming yet, Duck Hollow, 28 June 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)

I heard ravens calling in the distance while I took these pictures. Woo hoo!

(photos by Kate St. John)

1 thought on “Catnip, Fleabane, Mullein and More

  1. the leaf miners are on Columbine, I am pretty sure, as it looks like my one entire front bed. It was such a nice display 2 weeks ago and now is rapidly thinning out as the seeds mature. Appreciate the time we spend together each morning enjoying my tea.

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