Spring’s flowers’  shining faces turn toward the sun.

Pink flower
These beautiful spires of pink flowers with large oval leaves seem to have suddenly appeared in the woods. Hope to find out what these foot-tall plants are.

We have since learned that the mystery pink flower is Streptanthus maculatus, a clasping jewelflower. This member of the mustard family grows in the Arkansas Ouachitas. According to USDA, it also grows one county in eastern Texas, but that’s disputed here: http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=250094989. It also grows in parts of Oklahoma. (its Arkansas range is pictured here: http://plants.usda.gov/java/county?state_name=Arkansas&statefips=05&symbol=STMA2)

Coreopsis flower
Last year, we planted coreopsis and other annual wildflowers. The leaves came up, but no blooms. This year, the plants came back, thriving. Today, the buds burst open.

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