Herbaceous plants of Maryland

Susquehanna State Park, Maryland.Sunday, April, 21, 2013 width=This inviting trail on this Susquehanna State Park floodplain led us for miles along the majestic Susquehanna River. The trail wound through an enchanting forest rising from a sea of blooming bluebells. The blue of the fresh flowers complemented the deep blue of the river’s water and the bright blue of the Maryland Spring sky. Across the river we could see the hues of that delicate spring green on the trees, this the same green that was the backdrop of the rich, robust blues that dominated the forest floor all around us.

The hollow stems of the Mertensia virginica, the Virginia Bluebells, make for a delicate plant, easily crushed or broken off by the drop of a dead branch or the footsteps of animals, the leaves tender and floppy and richly green, leathery to the eye, but truly thin and never seeming to reach maturity- the leaves yellow and die before they ever become hardened or even tattered. This is a Spring plant that lasts as long as Spring lasts, flowering for weeks at a time, making it desirable in cultivation, as a garden beauty- actually the showpiece Spring garden planting as it produces masses of flowers of brilliant blue, right at the time when we gardeners and observers of natural beauty yearn for anything green-and to have this luminescent blue in the inflorescence is astounding.

In the natural world, on its own, as it has been for millenia, this seemingly endless expanse of Bluebells here on this sunny April day along the riparian woodlands of the Lower Susquehanna, have us mezmerized.Susquehanna State Park, Maryland.Sunday, April, 21, 2013 width= t of Sycamores, Paw-Paw and Red Maple…the beauty of the sight has no measure or quantifiable relevance. What it is to just see the whole herbaceous layer, a completely blue inflorescence of native plants on the forest floor!

The blue of the sky and the blue of the river. The blue of the plants! We are ensconced in blue.

On this bright, sunny day, we are very happy, and it is so enjoyable to walk for miles along the river and see this Springtime carpet of bluebells.

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The Book Center, University of Maryland Herbaceous Plants of Maryland
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Info on Talinum

2003-07-03 13:22:27 by pro

Information I gleaned from the USDA plant database: plants.usda.gov/index.html Enter Scientific Name as Talinum
Talinum Adans. - gives you all varieties and maps of where they are present - click on a map to get information for that variety
- Talinum calycinum or parviflorum - most common varieties present in the central states from Texas to Minnesota/Nebraska.
- all varieties native to U.S.
Some common names:
Fameflower
Sunbright
Jewels of Opar (not common but a cool name, no?)
- Herbaceous Perennial, Shrub or Subshrub
- Native to the United States
- Talinum calycinum had a botanical illustration which showed a rhizhome (like an iris)
- Purslane family like Lewisia and Portulaca
- I doubt it is invasive. As a...


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DALY: Use care when planting around septic drainfields  — Gwinnettdailypost.com
Shallow rooted annual and perennial herbaceous plants can be planted closer to the drain fields since they do not have invasive roots. Turfgrass can be grown over the drain field and is beneficial since it helps hold the soil in place.

Total Plant Management of Herbaceous Perennials-Bulletin 359 (Paperback - 2004)
Book (Maryland Cooperative Extension)

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