Aldo Leopold wrote in A Sand County Almanac, "Silphium first became a personality to me when I tried to dig one up to move to my farm. It was like digging an oak sapling. After half an hour of hot grimy labor the root was still enlarging,... I got no Silphium, but I learned by what elaborate stratagems it contrives to weather the prairie droughts."
Seedbox, Ludwigia alternifolia, Veterans Memorial Park, Lake County 17 August 2017, Lisa K. Schlag
This Ohio native plant has many common names: gray-headed coneflower, gray-head prairie coneflower, yellow coneflower .... The USDA Plants database recognizes only pinnate prairie coneflower as a common name. For more information: USDA Plants Fact Sheet
Downy rattlesnake plantain, Gooyera pubescens, Hiram Township private property, Portage County 10 August 2017, Lisa K. Schlag
Native red lady beetle or polished lady beetle, Cycloneda munda, observed on underside of leaf of wingstem, Actinomeris alternifolia, Vermilion River Reservation - Bacon Woods, Erie County 27 July 2017, Lisa K. Schlag
Wood nettle, Laportea canadensis, Vermilion River Reservation - Bacon Woods, Erie County 27 July 2017, Lisa K. Schlag
Wood nettle is native to Ohio and is the only nettle with alternate leaves according to Newcomb's Wildflower Guide. Wood nettle has stiff stinging hairs covering the stem, leaf petiole, and leaf underside. Similar to stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, in this regard; however, stinging nettle is not native and has opposite leaves.
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