In a nearby area the Pink Turtlehead, Chelone lyonii, is blooming. This species is native to a small area of the Southeast, but these are 'escaped' populations also found in the Northeast, from New York to Maine. White Turtlehead, Chelone glabra, on the other hand, has a much wider native distribution throughout the eastern US.
|Forked Bluecurls Close-up|
Some other natives that are blooming in the area have also jumped to my attention. On a recent plant survey a native annual, Forked Bluecurls, Trichostema dichotomum, was blooming profusely on an otherwise dry hilltop in the Boston suburbs. It stood out as as a rather lush little plant (6-8") with deep blue flowers amongst the dried leaves and grasses. Its native habitat is on dry or sandy soils of upland woods and old fields. While some sources indicate it prefers part to full shade, these plants were growing in nearly full sun rooted at the fringes of rocky outcrops where moss and eroded stones collect. Looking carefully at the blow up, you can see the curly forked stamen that gives this plant its common name.