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FLORA: A November bouquet

“A November bouquet” depicts Cornelia Phillips Spencer's revered goldenrod with blue asters, black berries of catbrier, fruit of chokeberry and turning leaves of strawberry bush and sweetgum. Photo of original painting by Ken MooreBy Ken Moore
Flora Columnist
I’m returning to the words and paintings of Cornelia Phillips Spencer, who took a closer look at our local flora 139 years ago.
October 26, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora, Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »

FLORA: 10 things I love about gingko trees

Ginkgo trees have fantastic autumn foliage. Photo by Peter Del TrediciBy Carol Ann McCormick
Guest Flora Columnist
The earliest gingko trees were found in the Middle Jurassic (180 million years ago), and the seeds were probably dispersed by carrion-eating dinosaurs.
October 18, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora, Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »

FLORA: A plant nut’s paradise

Charlie Keith will be happy to greet visitors to his arboretum. Photo by David SwansonMany years ago I learned that “plant nut” is an endearing term for any man or woman who is truly passionate about plants.
October 11, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora, Top Story | Comments closed | Full Story »

FLORA: Ponder the post oak

Post oak is a fairly common large tree that is typical of drier habitats. Photo by Will CookIt is hard for us not to see time through the lens of our species; humans have life spans measured in decades, at most about a century.
October 4, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora | Comments closed | Full Story »

FLORA: What are lichens

Busy-beard lichen, Usnea strigosa, is a common fruticose form found on trees.  Photo by Gary PerlmutterLichens are pioneer plants, colonizers on boulders and other bare surfaces, slowly developing layers of soil particles for the establishment of larger plant communities.
September 27, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora | Comments closed | Full Story »

FLORA: Again remembering Persimmon Pete

Pete Ivey contemplates a persimmon. Photo by Brian StokesIt’s time to begin gathering fruit from our native persimmon, Diospyros virginiana.
September 20, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora | Comments closed | Full Story »

FLORA: From roadside waif to garden star

Wild bean displays flowers and fruit like a whirling ballerina. Photo by Brian StokesBefore I launch into this week’s Flora story, I want to describe my plans for the next couple of months.
September 13, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora | Comments closed | Full Story »

FLORA: ‘Late summer woods’

Wildflower bouquet of goldenrod, twining manroot, false foxglove and rose-pink could have been gathered along Old N.C. 86 between Calvander and Hillsborough. PAINTING PHOTO BY KEN MOORE“Late summer woods” is Cornelia Phillips Spencer’s description, in the “Young Lady’s Column” of The N.C. Presbyterian, Oct. 8, 1873, of a late-summer walk.
September 6, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora | Comments closed | Full Story »

FLORA: A stroll in the garden

Black-eyed Susan blooms and southern shield fern fronds contrast nicely with one another. PHOTO B MATT GOCKEI am constantly surprised by the amazing succession of cool blooms, leaf shapes and plant forms.
August 30, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora | Comments closed | Full Story »

FLORA: Let nature help you garden

Nature planted the beautiful dwarf partridge pea ground cover for the botanical garden entrance sign.  PHOTO BY KEN MOOREI love the new landscaping around the three buildings of the N.C. Botanical Garden’s visitor education center.
August 23, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora | Comments closed | Full Story »

FLORA: Don’t blame goldenrod for hay-fever season

Beautiful goldenrods, which don’t cause hay fever, will brighten our roadsides through the fall. Photo by Ken MoorePlease don’t blame hay-fever sneezes and stuffy noses on beautiful goldenrod.
August 16, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora | Comments closed | Full Story »

FLORA: Chapel Hill’s mystery tree

Who planted this California coastal redwood in Chapel Hill in the early 1900s? Photo by Ken MooreSeveral years ago I received a call from Bill Massengale, who was keen about the history of the California coastal redwood standing tall in front of his law office.
August 9, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora | Comments closed | Full Story »

FLORA: Go out after dark to see this one

Raindrops enhance night-flowering jimsonweed. PHOTO BY KEN MOOREI had all but given up on the reappearance of my very favorite annual wildflower, jimsonweed, which usually appears in the yard and garden by early June.
August 2, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora | Comments closed | Full Story »

FLORA: They have stories to tell

Many trees survive lightning strikes like this one. Our fingers are crossed that Weaver Street's willow oak survives.  PHOTO BY KEN MOOREI don’t think a day goes by that I don’t reflect on Weaver Street Market staff member Teresa Hutson’s response in February.
July 26, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora | Comments closed | Full Story »

FLORA: Carolina lily update and hot-pink wildflower sighting

Rose pink may catch your eye along roadsides in mid-July. Photo by Ken MooreAccompanied by a dozen Citizen readers on July 4, I revisited the Carolina lilies on Occoneechee Mountain.
July 19, 2012 | Posted in: Features, Flora | Comments closed | Full Story »