Sunday, July 19, 2009

Wild bergamot

Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), along the trail between South 9th St. and Beck Lane. Monarda is a common sight along roadsides and vacant land in the summer. The Monarda along the trail could be of an introduced genotype like the other prairie introductions here. Or it could have been growing here in the Lafayette area all along. The grass amongst the bergamot in the right side of the picture is little bluestem grass (Schizachyrium scoparium), another prairie introduction. Picture taken July 16, 2009.

The bug visiting the flower is a bumblebee.

This Monarda fistulosa is growing on unattended land near Wabash Avenue. Certainly this Monarda got here on its own. Picture taken July 16, 2009.

Link to Monarda fistulosa:

Link to Monarda fistulosa:

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