Like a bouquet on a stick, these arched spikes of teeny tiny flowers hung suspended over the edge of a lake that never fails to inspire both mystery and wonder. The color was reminiscent of grape Koolaid powder dumped into a pitcher, with just a few drops of water added: light purple to intense purple, dusted at the tips with bright orange pollen. An unfamiliar plant. Tantalizing.  Far from knowing every plant native to this beautiful place, I – like most folks – often overlook interesting species until flowers beckon my attention. Thanks to this chance encounter I've learned the genus Amorpha. But is it Amorpha fruticosa, or the lesser known Amorpha glabra? I prefer the common name of that plant, Appalachian indigo-bush. Time, and a good loupe, will tell! ~K




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  • 24 May 2019

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