My flower book says “According to herbalists, pussytoes is a mild astringent herb, useful in quieting simple intestinal and liver inflammations.” I don’t know about that, but like real cat feet, touching their soft pads can quiet simple mental inflammations.
I wasn’t familiar with what a domestic hyacinth looked like so had to look it up on the internet. There’s not a huge resemblance to this wild variety, except perhaps in the color. While the domestic variety is definitely more showy, the wild form has it’s own more subtle elegance.
Some Larkspur (purple) accented by a little white flower I haven’t looked up the name of yet. I’ve decided to just keep posting these photos of the wildflowers around our house until I run out of steam (haven’t come close yet), run out of flower varieties to feature (doubtful, there are so many) or the hot, dry weather finally dries them all up (could happen soon if the last few days are any indication). So, if you’re getting tired of flower photos, you might want to wait and not tune in for a week or two when I will have finally moved off onto another topic. Until then, perhaps I should rename this blog FPOTD.
I’m not entirely sure that this is in fact False Solomon Seal. That’s the best guess I could come up with, or rather what my wife (who did the research in our flower books came up with) and I agreed with. If we are wrong, I guess that makes it False-False Solomon Seal.
I went out this morning to take some more flower photos and regardless of the flower species of interest, I found it was hard to take a photograph without at least one Balsam Root blossom in the background. On some slopes like this one, there seemed to be nothing but Balsam Root. It is normally the most predominant of our wildflowers but this year it seems to have really taken over.
Most of the time the birds get to the actual wild strawberry berries, but once in a while we get to them first. They are small, no larger than the fingernail on your little finger but have as much flavor as several domestic strawberries all rolled into that one little package. I hope those birds appreciate what they’re getting.