Yarrow-Achillea millefolium is a very common roadside flower. This time of the year one can find it most places.
That’s the second species this week that we share across 1800 miles. From what I’ve read, the Achillea complex is, well, complex. Apparently there are both native and non-native strains of Achillea millefolium and botanists haven’t sorted them out.
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Actually the third. I believe you also have Bluets-Houstonia caerulea which I linked also, although not a current post. Not sure Botanists ever really get things sorted out…unless sorting and flux are the same.
It’s true that we have bluets here, but not Houstonia caerulea. I just checked the USDA map and found your species gets no further southwest than Louisiana. In my county there are several species of Houstonia and former Houstonia, and I don’t know how to tell them all apart. Here’s one:
Yes, I remember that post. It reminded me of this that you’ve seen before.
Thousands of starbursts
White and gold
Even toe most common of flowers can fill one with wonder and beauty.
Once upon a time, I found yarrow growing — somewhere. I didn’t know what it was, and now I can’t even find the photo to figure out where I found it. But I remember how pretty it was, and your photo certainly shows off its fine qualities. There’s something about tightly clustered, tiny flowers that just appeals.
I’m curious about the ring-like shape in the center-left cluster of blooms. I wonder if it’s part of the plant’s structure, or damage of some sort. It might be the ring of some young maiden who was plucking the flowers. Yarrow’s been used in divination for centuries, and using the plant to find your true love’s got quite a history. There’s a lot of “say this verse and put three sprigs under your pillow, and your beloved will be revealed,” which isn’t any more or less silly than the “Loves me, loves me not” that we do with daisies.
Just a gap in the flowers, I believe. There is another ring more or less centered but that is some unopened buds below all the others.. But given a choice I’ll go with your maiden’s ring. Nothing wrong with imparting a little romantic meaning in a photograph. I wonder if sprigs of yarrow have ever been proven prophetic in that way. I don’t think I’ll give it a try…could complicate things. 🙂
Yes, tightly clustered flowers do appeal and especially if they have a delightful scent. Milkweed works that way for me
I’ve mostly always been able to find an image but occasionally one eludes me if it is old enough.
A familiar flower here in Suffolk, UK – growing through the grass in our lawn. (Our ‘lawn’ is full of all sorts – clover, daisies and lots of weeds too – keeps the bees happy!)
That’s my kind of lawn, Ann. My neighbor strives for a monoculture in his yard. Drives me crazy. We get daisies, clover, three species of violets, hawkweed and more. No such thing as a weed, imo. 🙂
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And think of all the stress we avoid by not worrying about keeping the ‘perfect’ weed-free lawn, hehe!
His pursuit certainly stresses me. Those folks don’t realize that they are affecting more than their own property. When we first moved here and for many years after I could find all kinds of different insect species coming to our gardens. Since he moved in and started treating the lawn those numbers have significantly declined.
But I agree, no worries for our lawns. Let the weeds be fruitful and multiply. 🙂
They’re certainly multiplying in my garden, hehe!
It joins the party in June here, too. And many places across the globe, I think! I love the sublte sunlight in this photo, Steve.
For the most part, I think folks consider them roadside weeds. But they are quite interesting flowers. There are several more colorful species that people add to their gardens too.
Yes, it was a moderate cloud layer limiting the light…no need for the diffuser.
Just the right amount of clouds…. 🙂
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