High Temperature: 85F Low Temperature: 69F Sunrise: 6:12 am Sunset: 8:35 pm Humidity: 62% Wind: sse 8 mph Chance of Rain: 10%
Until today I did not know that the towering plant pictured above was a Pale Indian Plantain. I'd guessed it was a kind of milkweed, The Plantain is a member of the aster (Asteraceae) family while the milkweed belongs to the Apocynaceae family. Sprouting up singly and less often in small groups, it has appeared mainly on the western portion of The 160 - and then seeming to prefer bad soil. It is practically the only thing left standing since the cattle have been grazing that side, The taller specimens are about 3' tall.
I also learned today that the delicate white flowers that resemble Queen Anne's Lace (as well as the deadly Water Hemlock), but with fewer clusters, are Common Hedge Parsley(Torilis arvensis). It belongs to the carrot family. Though charming now, its flowers will turn into the tenacious little burrs that attach themselves to our pant legs, shoe laces, and the dogs' fur.
My final lesson for today was learning the name of the sweet pale blue flowers growing close to the ground. Beloved of hummingbirds, they are Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis), which now seems obvious. Photographs of all of these flowers can be found on the June Flower page.