Piedmont Curlyhead Flower T-Shirts

Piedmont Chapter Curlyhead Flower T-Shirts are now available for sale!

Photo by Karen Hendershot

Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains

Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Winterberry at Shenandoah National Park

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) at Shenandoah National Park

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

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Summer 2021 Leaflet Newsletter: Read all about Cool Spring Ecological Communities, the Weston Wildlife Management area, upcoming events, and more. 5-28-2021

• Wildflower of the Week #79: Don’t confuse this native beauty with its tougher, spinier European cousin. What is it? View photos and see last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #78: Know what has small brown stalks which blend in with leaf letter? View photos and see last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #77: This wildflower has a triangle of bracts holding a nosegay of little purple flowers. Know what it is? View the photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #76: Do you know the flowering plant with tall golden plumes which fills a sunny meadow? View the photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #75: A short wand shines paler than its sister species. View the photos of this plant and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #74: Can you identify this plant with odd purplish flowers which bloom on a tall candelabrum? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #73: Half the story of this twining plant is hidden underground. Can you identify it? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #72: This flower's purple-blue shimmer brightens the late-summer meadow. What is it?  See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #71: This "gentle giant" has huge leaves and umbels. Do you know it?  See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #70: This flower's wands of white flowers droop over a marsh. What do you think it is?  See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #69:  Gay yellow flowers give way to fat black pods. What do you think? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #68: Can you identify this small white flower which corkscrews up a slender wand?  See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #67: This deep-rooted sun-lover has brilliant orange-yellow flowers. What is it? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #66: This well-defended native has two quite different kinds of flowers. Know what it is? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #65: Tall, graceful tapers light up the shady woodland. Can you identify this flower? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #64: This wetland shrub has a flamboyant, musky, five-petaled flower. Do you know it's name? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #63: A relative of coffee, this opposite-leaved shrub loves wet places. What is it? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #62: This delicious wildflower blooms on thorny pads. Do you know it? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #61: This littlest member of the bellflowers might grace your yard in early summer. Can you identify it? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflowers of the Week #58, #59, & #60: We provide the clues - can you identify the native plants? See all our weekly questions. 6-6-2021

• Wildflower of the Week #57: A cloud of strappy petals haloes this member of the Olive family. What is it? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #56: White spots might spatter this plant's lobed leaves. What do you think it is? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #55: Hooded flowers form a sort of pinwheel over ferny leaves. Can you identify it? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #54: This delicate white flower has curvaceous basal leaves. Can you identify it? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #53: Gray-green leaves catch your eye before the little ruffled flowers bloom. What is it? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #52: This spicy beauty lies low on the forest floor. Do you know what it is? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #51: In the marsh, big yellow flowers glow above heart-shaped leaves. Do you know what it is? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #50: White flowers rise from a stone ledge in very early spring. Do you know what it is? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #49: You might mistake this woodland wildflower for a pine cone or an ear of corn. What is it? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #48: This low-lying plant in the Heath family is a promise of Spring. What is it? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #47: This plant's long golden catkins dangle at the water’s edge. What is it? See photos and last week's answer.

• Now available: Dr. Emily Southgate's Zoom presentation on "Not Your Textbook Roots, Stems, and Leaves" on February 27. Watch the video recording now.

• Did you miss Dr. Emily Southgate's Zoom presentation on "Plants Beyond the Basics" January 30? Watch the video recording now.

• Wildflower of the Week #46: This small rock-loving fern has once-cut fronds. What is it? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #45: Corky ridges and warts cover the trunk. What is it? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #44: A solitary striped and pleatedleaf catches your eye. What is it? See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #43: This shrub or small tree in the Rose family has unbranched spines. See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #42: This lover of wet ground shows very different fronds in summer and winter. See photos and last week's answer.

Cathy Mayes Memorial Fund: The Piedmont Chapter has formed a partnership with the Clifton Institute near Warrenton to honor the memory of Cathy Mayes. See more about the Memorial Fund and how to donate in Cathy's memory.

• Wildflower of the Week #41: This twining vine has distinctive three-bladed capsules. See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #39: This little evergreen vine in the Madder family brightens the winter woods. See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #38: Brilliant, densely packed red berries stand out dramatically on bare branches. See photos and last week's answer.

• Wildflower of the Week #37: In an old field or in your living room at Christmas, this familiar tree has much to give. What is it? See photos and last week's answer.

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September 16, 2021
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