This showy wildflower is found in woodlands and the fringes of open spaces from late spring to mid-summer. It is pollinated by hummingbirds or moths which can reach deep into the cups of the flower. It is sometimes called a dove plant–when turned upside down some say the flower resembles a flock of doves in a circle.
Another of the many wildflowers I see at the Uniersity of Wisconsin Madison Arboretum. The arboretum is especially great because, even though it is huge, it is an urban park and easily accessible. Though it is not located on the University’s campus, it is an easy bike ride or walk, and the road is often crowded with runners and bicyclists. It ‘s also convenient to many of Madison’s public schools, and makes for a nice end-of-the-school-year field trip. When I was there yesterday, a group of about 80 second graders unloaded n front of the Nature Center. I watched in amusement as the adults tried to corral all the kids in one general area.
I now remember why schoolteacher never made it onto my possible careers list. I love being a mom of three, but I think a classroom full of kids would do me in!