Hi everyone! Today’s wildflower is the “wild sarsaparilla”. It’s flowers form a globular cluster from 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5cm) across. Each individual flower is about 1/8 inch (3mm) across with 5 petals that curve backward. There are also 5 white tipped stamens coming from the center of the flower. Each flower stem has usually 3 clusters of flowers and are normally hidden under the plants leaves with come up on a separate stalk. This is a native wildflower that grows in shade or partial shade in wooded areas. The plant grows up to 2 feet (60cm) tall and blooms in May to June. It produces a dark purple berry from each flower which are edible, but best cooked in jams or jellies. They can be found right across Canada and the northern half of the US, further south in the east to Georgia. Well, I hope you have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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