While treating myself to some social distancing on the farm, in the sun, I came across a little white flower. Well, more than one little white flower, great clusters of little white flowers filling the median between the planted field and the fencerow. I let myself sit with them, feeling their leaves, tracing their petals with my eyes. The longer I sat the more variety I found. This wasn't one great cluster of the same plant, it was four different species all opening their little white flowers to the warm sun!
Early Whitlow Grass
(Erophila verna - formerly Draba verna) we learned all about in the post here.
(Veronica something - due to the small size and leaf shape maybe Veronica polita)
Generally speedwell flowers are blue/violet with white centers so this one's a bit of a mystery to me. The vining qualities and four overlapping petals are what lead me to believe it's a Veronica.
Another great vining plant with tiny white flowers. Five white bifid petals giving the appearance of 10 tiny petals.
All the flowers are non-native and a few get rather weedy and aggressive, but it sure in nice seeing things in bloom!
Look at the very first image again... can you tell what 3 are in the photo?
3/25/2020 09:45:51 pm
I'm happy to see you did this. This is really helpful! I get them mixed up quite often.
3/25/2020 10:14:23 pm
Happy to help! Small white flowers in spring are tricky like the medium yellow flowers of summer! :)
4/30/2020 02:27:26 pm
Nice photos, I can come back and check out which is which.
6/20/2020 05:35:41 pm
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