Sunday, June 27, 2021

Same, but Different

The simplicity and grace of these little flowers, known as whorled loosestrife (Lysimachia quadrifolia), is worth appreciating. It's such a lovely, prolific and yet overlooked native.

And then there's swamp candles (Lysimachia terrestris). The flowers look the same, but also have a distinct difference in the way they're arranged on the stem. Swamp candles have an inflorescence of flowers above and separate from the leafy section, while whorled loosestrife presents its flowers at each leaf layer.


Shelley Burbank said...

Twins! Getting these close-up shots allows us to see the beauty of so many of these natives that aren't that "special" on a quick glance. Guess many of us are drawn to the flashy. I know I am. But seeing these in a photo is delightful.

Debbie said...

Yes, natives are more discreet and ephemeral.