Sunday, August 17, 2008

Late Bloomers

Kalm's lobelia, named for the Swedish naturalist Peter (or Pehr) Kalm, who traveled through North America in the late 1740s.

In both 2005 and 2006, according to my notes, the fringed gentians were blooming on the island on the 12th of August. This year, the gentians were still sealed in their tight little buds. Back in mid-July, low calamint was blooming on the shore, but there was no sign of the Kalm's lobelia (Lobelia kalmii) or purple gerardia (or purple false foxglove, Agalinis purpurea) that are usually so plentiful on the island in the high summer. When we returned to the island in mid-August, both the lobelia and the false foxglove were blooming in profusion. Better late than never.

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