June 11th, 2010

dandelion

Probably not.



I was hoping to use this plant in my 50 More Urban Species project, but I can't justify it. I'm fairly certain it's American wintergreen (Pyrola americana, listed in a lot of sources as Pyrola rotundifola) a native forest wildflower not often seen in the city. I'm even more certain that its presence here is due to the work of the zoo's horticultural department, who cleverly planted it in a spot with very poor drainage, exactly the condition it requires. I wonder if we could grow sundew here?