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May Flowers

May 22, 2017
By Robert and Libby Strong and Richard Pollack - SMART Science , OVParent

Have you ever heard the expression "April showers bring May flowers"? As late spring and summer are here, the flowers are everywhere if you just look. You can stop and smell the flowers, too. It is relaxing and good exercise to take a wildflower walk!

Here in the Ohio Valley we have many different wildflowers that bloom in the spring and early summer. Some of our favorites are violets. The purple (violet) color is so rich and beautiful.

The May apple is an interesting wildflower that has a large leaf, a flower, and then an "apple" that forms as a fruit from the flower. In order to eat the fruit safely and have it taste good, the skin should be clear yellow with no green showing. The berry should be ready to drop to the ground. These fruits have been used as food for many years.

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Spring beauties are as the name indicates, beautiful spring flowers. These flowers are small and low-growing. These wildflowers are found in a star-like cluster of five white to light pink flowers. When you look closely at the petals (there are five on each flower), you will see fine pink stripes and notice a pleasant fragrance. The leaves are dark green and grass-like and are usually found in pairs.

Ox-eye daisies are a May and June favorite in the Ohio Valley. Everyone is familiar with the daisy - with its sunny yellow center and bright white halo of petals. These flowers grow along roadsides and in meadows throughout the late spring and summer and even in to fall. They are widespread now but originally came from Europe.

Use a wildflower guide to identify as many wildflowers as you can. You will be surprised at how many kinds of flowers grow within a few blocks of your home.



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