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Do you recognize this plant?Posted Tuesday, August 24, 2010, at 1:39 PM
I do not remember the name of this beautiful plant that I found this morning, growing on my lane. It's supposed to be standing up straight on a stalk like a hyacinth, but it's been knocked over. It grows in rocky ground underneath the brush. In fact, I found two of them. What are they? (No - raspberry is wrong!)
I remember having seen this alien-looking plant years ago, when my husband found it growing in the shadow of the sumac, honeysuckle, and poison ivy.
At the time, we found the plant listed in a Missouri Conservation fact sheet that may have come from a booth at the Semo Fair. Not really sure, and I can't remember the name -- "Dragon Blood"??? Surely not! My mind must be playing tricks on me.
I've never done more than just LOOK at the beautiful beaded object; after all, these plants always sit back under the shade of the blackberry briers, and I have no intention of risking poison ivy contamination.
I'm open to suggestion - Anybody know what it is? I know it looks like a raspberry, but it isn't. It grows upright on a thick stalk, with one single "bloom."
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-722-5322.
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