Weed/Wildflower Wednesday

Though leaves are full out in southern New England, at the top of Vermont it is still spring and there are wild woodland or alpine strawberries Fragaria vesca with small white flowers growing on the grass beside the hard-dirt parking lot. No fruit yet.

A key to the ID was that these strawberries are around during the peak of dandelion bloom.

Smooth Bedstraw, Wild Madder, Gallium mollugo before bloom. Square branching stem and eight whorled simple, sessile leaves in each whorl. Invasive plant with four white petals in bloom later. Found in the lawn where the wild strawberries were. The count of simple whorled leaves and the square stem make identification relatively safe before the flowers come out. If you can, always go back to check the plants in bloom.


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