A Walk in Fern Bluff Park
November 3, 2001

Page 4-  Straggler Daisy, of the Composite Family

Archives of previous walks in the park: 12 May 2007 05 May 2007; 28 April 2007, 21 April 2007, 14 April 2007,  1 April 2007 Easter Egg Hunt; 24 March 2007,  17 March 2007; Nov. 03, 2001; April 04, 2001; March 25, 15, 10-11, 04, 2001; February 2418, 10, 2001

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(Above) Cricket & Kristy...

Its common names are Straggler Daisy, Prostrate Lawn Flower, Horseherb (in Mexico, Hierba del caballo), and a number of others, though botanists know it as Calyptocarpus vialis. Because it is a sprawling plant, much of it manages to avoid the lawn mower. Thus it survives even constant abuse at the hands of humans and their machines. It blooms from April through November, so we will soon see the last of this fellow for the remainder of 2001.

The plant shown below is very common but rarely noticed. Its flowers are tiny, and most people just ignore it. We photographed this fellow on an earlier Walk in The Park, but did not take the time to say anything about it then. My oversight. Old friends are always worth visiting again.

This small, unassuming flower is one of my favorites, and not just mine but of many others as well. Some have even waxed poetic in their appreciation for it. It is a Composite, like the Bitter Sneezeweed, so every petal and central whorl is a separate, perfect flower on its own. It is a perennial that spreads quickly in shaded areas, where its greenery is generally welcome (though some foolishly think it a weed). As testimony to its recognized value as ground cover and forage for livestock, some wholesale garden suppliers stock its seed.

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Archives of previous walks in the park: 12 May 2007 05 May 2007; 28 April 2007, 21 April 2007, 14 April 2007,  1 April 2007 Easter Egg Hunt; 24 March 2007,  17 March 2007; Nov. 03, 2001; April 04, 2001; March 25, 15, 10-11, 04, 2001; February 2418, 10, 2001