Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The Crucial Importance of Microclimate
This is round-leafed hepatica on Sunday morning, deep in the woods. Notice how the plant holds its single flat leaf overhead like an umbrella. I had originally misidentified this plant and was set straight by Gerry Sell. Previous post to this will not only be corrected but will contain more information on hepatica.
Contrast the shaded hepatica with bloodroot in a sunny roadside colony the very next day,
petals fully open but each plant with its single basal leaf tightly furled around the delicate, porous flower stalk. I'm guessing the plant does this in a hot, dry location to keep from losing precious moisture. Wonder what they look like today in the pouring rain.