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The Observations of John Larkin - March 1996

Freezing Weather - (U)=Unaffected (A)=Affected (?)=Too early to tell

  • Arisaema triphyllum, Jack-in-the-pulpit, Indian-turnip - Plants about l' high, with two leaves, each comprised of three leaflets and one unusual flower with a flap on top. Fruit are bright red berries. Indians knew how to cook corms to make them edible.
  • Aronia arbutifolia, Red chokeberry -  Shrub to 5'. One-half inch white flowers in clusters, red berries in the fall. (?)

  • Cercis canaaensis, Redbud (U) - Deciduous tree with pinkish purple flowers.

  • Chaptalia tomentosa, Sunbonnet - Leaves basal, 1 ½”  daisy-like white rays (petals) with white disc flowers (centers).
  • Cornus , Flowering Dogwood - Mid-sized tree, deciduous, with opposite leaves and 2 ½” white flowers (U)

  • Crataegus opaca, Mayhaw - Small tree, deciduous, opposite leaves, white 1" flowers
  • Gelsemium sempervirens, Carolina Jessamine - Evergreen thin vine, 1" yellow flowers, January. to mid-April. Will climb into trees or shrubs or trail along ground, rooting at the nodes. A place of business (in Franklinton) had them blooming on lattice that was at least 30'x8'. It looked great, these thousands of bright yellow flowers peeking through the lattice. (U)
  • Houstonia patens, Bluets - Small plants about 3” tall, Ό” blue four petalled flower. (?)

  • Lamium amplexicaule, Henbit Low annual, lavender/purple flowers in small clusters. Likes cool weather. (1)

  •  Linaria canadensis, Blue Toadflax - Winter annual flowering stems to 12", presents a hazy blue mist appearance from a distance. (U)

  •  Lirodendron tulipfera, Tulip Tree - A large tree with unusual leaf shape and flower. Attractive, yellowish, cup-shaped flowers on the upper two-thirds of the tree. (A)

  •  Lonicera sempervirens, Coral Honeysuckle - Not rampant, evergreen vine with clusters of bright) red tubular flowers. (U)

  •  Nothoscordum bivalve, False Garlic - One-half inch white flowers in clusters on 6-10" stalks. Narrow grass-like leaves. (U)

  • Oenothera speciosa, Showy Evening Primrose - Perennial herb 12 to 18" tall, 3" pink or white cup-shaped flowers. March to June. (1)

  •  Oxalis rosea, Wood sorrel family - Compact plant with pretty, pink 3/4" flowers, non-invasive. (U)

  •  O. rubra, Introduced perennial herb with woody crown and fleshy tubers.Pink ½” flowers on long scape. Invasive. (U)

  •  Phlox divaricata, Blue Phlox - Perennial herb to 2' tall, leaves sessile (stemless). 1" lavender to blue flowers. March to May.

  •  P. pilosa, Prairie Phlox - Perennial. herb, 1-2' tall, narrow leaves and 1" pink, lavender or bluish flowers. Feb to June.

  •  Prunus angustifolia, Chickasaw Plum - Large shrub with many white flowers. March, fruit in May-June. (U).  Blooms February to March, fruit in May-June.  (U)

  • Pyrus calleryana, var. Bradford, Flowering Pear (Introduced) -1 to 2" white flowers. Attractive fall foliage. (?)

  • Ranunculus fascicularis, Early Buttercup & R. muricatus - 1" yellow, glossy flowers. (U)

  • Sassafras albidum, Sassafras - Tree to 40', yellowish flowers in clusters. color. Leaves used as gumbo file'. Good fall color.  Leaves used as gumbo file’.  (?)

  • Taraxacum officinale, Dandelion - Perennial from taproot. Feb. to June.
  • Vicia angustifolia, Narrow-leaved Vetch. This is a pest. (u)

  • Viola langloisii, Langlois Violet., V. rosacea,.  Both bluish and V. primulifolia, Primrose Violet., White - All are in bloom now.   (U)
  • Wisteria floribunda, Japanese Wisteria (Introduced) - Buds were at least partially frozen. (A)

  • Printable March 1996 Blooms (Adobe PDF)
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