OK, this isn’t the ingredient list for a Witch’s Brew. Just a couple pictures of natural and naturalized landscaping.
Rose Verbena and Buttercup
The purple flowers are more Rose Verbena (Glandularia canadensis). The yellow flowers are that of a buttercup, Early Buttercup perhaps (Ranunculus fascicularis).
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (syn. Leucanthemum vulgare)
This is Oxeye Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum or Leucanthemum vulgare). As often as I saw it, I used to think that this was native…and a quite beautiful prairie forb. It’s apparently native to Europe and considered an invasive weed in some parts of the United States, but it is a common inhabitant of horse-battered fields in Missouri. It looks like battling Oxeye Daisy with prescribed fire could deter its growth. A prescribed burn and native replanting would ensure it and other invasives are less likely to return. Grow native!
I mentioned before that hummingbird moths enjoy Rose Verbena (Glandularia canadensis), but I didn’t have my camera until later. Well, this time I was prepared with a camera and patience. One Clearwing Hummingbird Moth was visiting the purple flowers in a field in southwest Missouri. I chased it around with the zoom lens, getting several fuzzy moth pictures and several clear moth-already-flew-away pictures. Anywho, got a couple of good ones…here’s one.
Another reason to consider landscaping with native plants. While Rose Verbena is a somewhat short-lived plant, it can easily be replanted to add long-lasting color in the garden and attract interesting creatures like this moth. Grow native!