Frog-Fruit

Frog-Fruit is not the most showy wildflower on the block, but it does have an interesting common name. As far as I can tell, it has nothing at all to do with frogs! Other interesting common names include: Turkey Tangle Fogfruit, Fogfruit, Matchweed, Mat Grass, and Capeweed. Pick your favorite! This plant has ground-hugging stems that can root at the nodes. The small, white flowers provide nectar for several butterfly species. Frog-Fruit is a larval host plant for the caterpillars of the Common Buckeye butterfly. Thanks to Mitch Wright for the Buckeye photo #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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Prairie Verbena

Prairie Verbena has been blooming in large clumps all over Kirby Park for the last several weeks. I found this nice landscape shot in between rainstorms yesterday near the boat ramp. I really like the round-top clusters of flowers on these plants. The Spanish name, Moradilla, comes from morado (“purple”) and means “little purple one.” This species is a great early spring nectar source for our pollinators! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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