Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Late spring ditch patrol

We are in the mist of a real cool down here in VA which is unusal to say the least! Low 50's at night are right up my alley and it's the latter half of June! As I have a poor tolerance for heat, I didn't have much excuse for not going out except for the omnipresent fatigue. Yesterday I was looking for something different and selected an obscure little evergreen plant called "Spotted Wintergreen" or "Dragon's Tongue". Its scientific name is Chimaphila maculata if you care. It's about 4" tall and I usually find it at the base of Oak or Pine trees. The flowers are pink to white in color, usually in pairs and appear to be made of wax.

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