Lawncare businesses like to convince everyone that wild violets are weeds that need to be eradicated. A toxic point of view, literally as well as figuratively. Wild violets are natural wildflowers of the woodlands, and it's hard to imagine spring without them. (Pansies are related to them, but are commercially grown cultivars.) Violets and their big, heart-shaped leaves form a nice groundcover in shady areas where grass doesn't grow well anyway. And just look how lovely they are in Spring! These were growing near a local stream, mixed in with the grass.
#listen im having a rough night #and his voice is so soothing #this cover literally evaporates the panic from my body #suddenly im laying down on the floor of a wood cabin listening to the fireplace crackle #and then im on a hilltop on the countryside overlooking water and picking wildflowers #please i love you wilbur soot #slash parasocial#wilbur soot
Two Pussy toe species one is common, one really should be listed as uncommon or rare in almost every county.
I’ve actually never seen the second( solitary flowering pussy toes) species in person until very recently, it’s extremely uncommon and doesn’t reduce competition to the extremes that neglected and plantain leaf pussy toes do with allelopathic exudence. I’ve been taken to places where friends have said they have been reported often to have them be plantain leaf growing in alkaline soils.
Instead it is a very site specific species having to rely on full sun exposure and the shallowness of the substrate, 1-2 inches of organic over sand stone or granite, to gain an advantage, known to be found in acidic/ericaceous cliff break communities and sandstone barrens where it proliferates.
I feel like range maps do no justice when a genera is never reported in high enough numbers.
^ for example and for some reason MI, OH, and LA are not reported as entirely green , Indiana has low reports too, Illinois and MO seem to be the most accurate. This species is very common and it blows my mind that Ohio and MI don’t have them reported knowing damn well that I have seen them in Caldwell, Richardson, and all over Adams and Scioto.
It’s funny, the other two species i’ve wanted to see in my region is one super rare MI serpentine native subspecies known from one spot in MI and that’s it, comparative to the western subspecies this little spot is extremely disjunct,
and one species that does occur in Ohio but is more associated with the Dolly Sods and the Northern Piedmont brim regions also known as Virginia pussy toes
^zones of uplift from mountain forming, not to be confused with true named mountain ranges outside of piedmont. Most of whats highlighted in pink is ILP and Blue ridge, Ozarks, Ouachita ect. Which you can look up as real regional mountains. Southern piedmont is also a “complex” and Northern is also a mixed “complex”.
often associated with prairie remnants and savanna, often with little bluestem , grama grasses, and the big bluestem group, in more open habitats.
Here in RRG we see it
On less ericaceous, richer mesic hillsides deeply sloped and rocky enough to still experience part shade to full sun light specifications similar to open woods or savanna despite the fire suppression long since supplied to Kentucky( along with every state) with fragmentation and the brainwashing words of smokey the bear, These hillsides with more alkaline lime parental material to acidic sand there is less specialized ephemeral forbes and with that more common mid spring forbe diversity total since site requirements are so broad. Here is a classic locally abundant species that generally is found more inline with specific aster population diversity, such as Prenanthes spp., Krigia biflora, and Packera obovata. The common grasses and sedges on these more open hillside sites depending on light exposure level are Koeleria macrantha, Carex pensylvanica, Aristida purpurea, and Carex communis, all of which are associated heavily with each other due to basal foliage, more light requirements, and lower growth form (except for Koeleria macrantha). While competition and cohabitation of niche is an indirect association, this species typically requires direct association for long term establishment. As a hemiparasitic plant, this species does photosynthesize but is known to establish in higher quantities when the grasses and sedges above are more present as it’s primary host species are these grass and sedge species in these open forest habitats. While every once in a while finding it’s haustoria in the vigorous asteraceae (honestly most things in direct rootzone, including trees) and potentially reducing their vigor keeping competition functions minimalized it’s primary hosts are more than likely chemically sniffed out from the root exudence made/excreted as the roots of these sedges and grasses elongate, instead of what is just an interaction due to root zones interacting. Haustoria are specialized organs found in many parasitic plants that enable a plant to embed themselves forming a vascular union where they can force/ share nutrients at will. It’s very similar to ectomycorrhizal embeddance between cells where the haustoria are found in intracellular gaps between cells prior to tapping vascular regions in full. So this would be visually much different from endo-arbuscular mycorrhizal connections which are cell invaginators and embedders. I will reiterate this, when I say look, I am truly speaking of visually looks similar, interaction wise, they are still very different mechanisms. As for spreading, while seeds are the primary establishment factor, if hosts are present, large clumps of this population grow asexually via rhizomes in a relatively unidirectional pattern.
If you are attempting to reconstruct/make/restore a prairie, this is the easiest hemiparasite to get established, it’s also great for permaculture spots as while reducing vigor in plants may seem bad at first, It will increase diversity and light spacing meaning more healthier communities. It’s utilized often for sore throat issues and stomach issues via as dried out leaves for tea so it serves multiple purposes in reducing competitive spacing, increasing light penetration for seeds and germinating plants, and for attracting beneficial insects, a valuable transition season nectar source, and for medicinal purposes.