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.
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.