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A wildflower nearing the end of its flowering time on
Babcock’s Prairie in northeast Iowa. There’s a tiny grasshopper
on the lower left of the image. I’m unsure of the name of
this particular wildflower.

In His time, in His time.

He makes all things beautiful, in His time.

Lord, please show me every day,

As You’re teaching me Your way,

That You do just what You say,

In Your time.

HENBIT
Lamium amplexicaule L.

Height: 4-14 inches
Family: Lamiaceae – Mint Family
Flowering Period: March, April, May
Stems: Decumbent, branched at base; branches ascending, slender, 4-angled (square), inconspicuously hairy or nearly glabrous, often streaked with purple.
Leaves: Opposite, simple, circular to egg-shaped, 1/5 to 3/5 inch long, usually as wide as long, 3-lobed or not, sometimes purplish in coloration, pubescent; margins with rounded teeth; tip blunt to rounded; lower leaf stalks to 1.4 inch long; upper leaves subtending flower clusters, sessile or clasping, 3/5 to 1 inch long.
Inflorescences: Whorl-like clusters, few, generally well spaced, 3-6-flowered, in axils of bracts; bracts leaf-like, rarely 3-lobed, generally wider than long, sessile and clasping.
Flowers: Calyx tubular, 1/5 to 1/3 inch long, 5-lobed, densely soft-hairy; lobes narrow, erect; corolla 2-lipped, 2/5 to 4/5 inch long, pinkish-purple, upper lip often darker, pubescent outside, glabrous inside; tube straight, 2/5 to 3/5 inch long; upper lip entire to slightly notched, 1/8 to 1/5 inch long; lower lip heart-shaped, to 1/10 inch long; stamens 4; small non-opening, self-pollinating flowers produced in fall, white-hairy.
Fruits: Nutlets, 4, egg-shaped, 3-angled, smooth, tan to olive, each 1-seeded.
Habitat: Waste areas, lawns, cropland, and roadsides; moist, fertile soils.

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Comments

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work

  • Thank you, Joy!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 1 year ago

    Love the colours and dof

  • Thank you so much, Chris!!

    – lorilee

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 1 year ago

    Nice work and composition

  • Thanks, Hans!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 1 year ago

    Excellent, the grasshopper is almost hidden in plain sight.

  • Thank you, Byron & Julie!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • M.S. Photography/Art
    M.S. Photograp...over 1 year ago

    Pretty macro,nice focus!

  • Thank you so much, Margaret!!

    – lorilee

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 1 year ago

    Are these semi-prickly to the touch Lorilee? LOVE the gorgeous little hopper…he blends almost perfect!

  • Hi, Carla!! No, they are actually really soft to the touch. Am still trying to find
    out what they are called. Thank you!!

    – lorilee

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 1 year ago

    Beautiful close up my friend ! Hugs

  • Thanks, Tom!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Gorgeous, Lorilee!!!

  • Thank you so much, Gena!!

    – lorilee

  • Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryanover 1 year ago

    Excellent clarity and color…quite pretty.

  • Thank you, Jack!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 1 year ago

    Ok…I feel like a dork. Are the stems squared? Not sure by looking at the image………if so? A mint plant. :o)

  • You are definitely NOT a dork!! lol You are correct . . . this is in the MINT family!!
    I looked up “mint wildflowers” & found what I believe this is called, “HENBIT!!”
    So, thank you VERY MUCH for all your help!! Keep up the GREAT work!! :o)

    – lorilee

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