Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Last Friday, at midnight, we (I) could not find any blooming scarlet ferns nor scarlet elf-cups, and had to settle for thousands of fairy candles ...

Black Cohosh, Fairy Candles, Black Snakeroot
Latin: Cimicifuga racemosa

'Most woodland wildflowers are spring bloomers, completing their life cycle before the forest is fully foliated. But one wildflower, known by a long list of common names - black cohosh, black snakeroot, bugbane or fairy candles - (Cimicifuga racemosa), blooms when the shade is at its peak.'

Photo and text credit: (c) Gerald Klingaman of the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture. With thanks.


Prokofiev's The Tale of the Stone Flower.


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