Rose Buttered Oxe Eye Cups

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!

Hovering with a Hummingbird Moth

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!