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The photographs shown below were taken eight months ago, of four of the native plants that were blooming in the quarry wetland area at the time. Here are some fun facts about these flowers:
- Groundnut (Apios americana): The Groundnut is credited with keeping the Pilgrims from starvation in their first few years in Massachusetts.
- Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis): The brilliant red flowers are a favorite of hummingbirds, who play a crucial role in the pollination of the plant. The name of the plant came from the vivid red of Roman Catholic cardinals’ robes. The Cardinal Flower was the Georgia Native Plant Society’s “Plant of the Year” in 2006.
- Tall Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea): The United State Postal Service recognized Ironweed’s role in nature with an Ironweed stamp in 2007.
- Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum): Early herbalists used Boneset leaves in a poultice, along with bandages, to set broken bones. The flower’s structure is such that many different insects are pollinators of this plant. It is a favorite of honey bees.
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