Wednesday Walk: A Mysterious Wildflower

“What is that flower blooming among the tall grass by the edge of the lawn?”

I could see the yellow flowers on top of the plant from my position seated at the kitchen table.


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I went outside and found the plant was taller than me. I’m 5’6” and couldn’t come near the top of the plant. There were not only flowers at the top of the mysterious plant but I could see blooms starting on other upward stems of the plant.

It was impossible to get a close-up of the flowers as the plant was so tall. I didn’t want to bend the stem for fear of breaking it so I tried in vain at different angles to get a clear photo.



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While outside I walked around the yard checking out some of the other flowers in bloom.

Among the wild blueberries were these cute plants with bell shapes blooms.They look like Lily Of The Valley flowers.


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The blueberries are starting to ripen. You can see the whitish-green ones that will turn purple and eventually turn blue when ripe. I saw the birds keeping an eye on them also. :)

Wild Lily Of The Valley seems to like the company of blueberries.



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The Wild Roses were in bloom. There are many bushes of the roses behind the orange lilies.



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Collage of the wild pink roses and the orange lilies


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While I was checking out the tall plant with the yellow bloom my eye caught a St.John’s Wort plant among the grass.


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St. John’s Wort has many healing properties. I’d seen this plant on the property before and remember reading a tea can be made from the flowers for relieve of depression and menopause symptoms.

Another plant I passed was the lavender. It’s one I planted and it comes up every summer. I love the smell when you rub the flowers. A happy bee was also enjoying the lavender flowers.


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It makes me smile to see a bee as they are scarce this year. At one time this plant would be buzzing with bees, now I only see two bees.


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Ending my little Wednesday Walk I went into the house to look up the name of the mysterious tall plant with the yellow flowers. It’s called Evening Primrose.

Oenothera biennis, the common evening-primrose, is a species of flowering plant in the family Onagraceae, native to eastern and central North America, from Newfoundland west to Alberta, southeast to Florida, and southwest to Texas, and widely naturalized elsewhere in temperate and subtropical regions. Wikipedia

Family: Onagraceae
Species: O. biennis
Genus: Oenothera
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Myrtales

Almost all parts of the evening primrose are edible and medically or cosmetically applicable. This includes the roots, leaves, blossoms, flower buds and seeds.
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Location: Prince Edward Island, Canada



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