oddities

closeup of green leavesout of focus image of magenta flower on green backgroundIt’s the photos that are oddities, not the plants. Though one of the plants is a bit of a puzzle too.

The flower is herb-robert, no confusion there.

But the green plant—that’s a mystery. This picture was taken when it was just starting to emerge. It pops up every year and produces clusters of long spindly stalks with tiny purple flowers, and the bees LOVE it. I’ve tried and tried, but I have not been able to identify it. The leaves are long and narrow and pointed, somewhat like lavender, but we have lavender sitting right next to it—it’s not that.The stalks all come up from the root in a bunch, without branching; the leaves are not opposed (and when it gets bigger the leaves are much more spread out on the stalk). It has no noticeable scent—not to me, at any rate. Obviously something draws the bees.

 

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