Category: Lamiaceae

  • Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

    Photographed May 5 with a Fujifilm FinePix HS10

    Beautiful little flowers that nobody ever pays any attention to, because they weave all through our lawns. They have a minty scent when they are mowed over, and then they come back with more flowers in a few days.

    For a description of the species, see the Glechoma hederacea reference page.

  • Bugles (Ajuga reptans)

    Ajuga reptans
    Photographed May 2 with a Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6.

    A European import prized as a groundcover, and now a thoroughly naturalized citizen of our flora. These were blooming in Bird Park, Mount Lebanon.

    For a description of the species, see the Ajuga reptans reference page.

  • Purple Archangel (Lamium purpureum)

    Lamium purpureum
    Photographed April 3.

    Also known as Purple Dead-Nettle, because the hairy roundish leaves reminded someone of nettles that don’t sting. This tiny flower is one of the first to appear in the spring, or even in the middle of winter if it gets a warm spell. It continues to bloom for most of the season, and it adds the very decorative touch of deep purple leaves to set off the lighter pinkish-purple flowers.

    Purple Archangel

    For a more thorough description, see the Lamium purpureum reference page.

  • Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantina)

    Wool-covered leaves delight children and make a decorative accent all year, so these are popular garden plants. But the purple flowers produce a good crop of small seeds that wash downhill easily, so patches of Lamb’s Ears often pop up in the city where no one has planted them. These were photographed June 8 in Beechview.

    For a fuller description, see the Stachys byzantina reference page.

  • Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

    Glechoma hederacea
    Photographed May 20.

    A common weed that can be spectacularly beautiful in large masses. It infests lawns, but never grows very tall, blooms prettily, and smells like mint when you mow it.

    For a longer description, see the Glechoma hederacea reference page.

    Photographed May 29.
    Ground Ivy