Monday, September 12, 2011

September 12, 2011 A School Wetland

Bethany Christian Schools Wetland
Several years ago Bethany Christian Schools biology teacher Amy Thut and students planted a wetland at the school on SR 15 south of Goshen.  Since the original planting, other native and exotic plants have populated the site on their own. Today Ms. Thut was out educating her ninth grade environmental science students on the many species of plants growing there, faithfully doing what the sign above proclaims.  Below are some of the plants they saw in flower.  [Click on photos to enlarge.]

Sneezeweed, Helenium autumnale
Cardninal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis
Water Smartweed, Polygonum punctatum
New England Aster, Aster novae-angliae
Tall Boneset,  Eupatorium altissimum
Blue Mistflower, Eupatorium coelestinum
Buckeye Butterfly on Blue Mistflower
The USDA Plant Database distribution map only lists Blue Mistflower for counties in Indiana's southern half; it has not been reported to the USDA for Elkhart County.  This is the first time I have ever seen it.  Ms. Thut said she did not plant it; the flower just showed up on its own in the last year or two --- the Mistflower is also a Mysteryflower!

1 comment:

  1. On the basis of correspondence with a professional botanist I changed the identification of what I had originally called Water Pepper, Polygonum hydropiper, to Water Smartweed, Polygonum punctatum.