Canada Hawkweed

A dandelionesque little opportunist colonizing the sidewalk and a neglected park in Jamaica Plain. Native to most of the northern hemisphere.

Canada Hawkweed, Kalm’s Hawkweed (Hieracium kalmii)

Swamp Rose Mallow

Oh man, these are looking great around the arboretum pond, where the pickelweed used to be in bloom. My height, with showy blossoms about 6 inches across. This is also growing in the local river marshes alongside the purple loosestrife for a major show. Native.

Swamp Rose Mallow, Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)

Bonus picture: if you turn around from photographing the mallow, you see Matt, who came for tai chi class and then stayed to add ambience to the arboretum.


Asiatic Dayflower

A truly blue flower. Very common and little noticed, but it’s pretty great up close. I can’t believe it doesn’t have a better name! A medicinal herb in China, and a source of dye in Japan. Spiderwort family. Native to Asia.

(Bonus picture: the two blue petals remind me of a photo I took recently at a dance workshop with Alanah of New York.)

Asiatic Dayflower (Commelina communis)