Saturday, August 30, 2008
Prenanthes altissima, a.k.a. Tall White Lettuce
Today was cool and overcast, so I ventured out back with the clippers to clear out the overgrown ferns that had clogged my pond path in the woods. I was specifically interested in getting back there so that I could photograph the Indian pipe seed pods, but once I was out there I was surprised by a new plant with delicate, pale green blossoms.
I can’t seem to find any information on this plant other than that it is native to the East Coast, perennial, and lives in shady, moist areas. From a distance it is spindly and not particularly striking, but up-close the blossoms are particularly Art-Nouveau. The leaves come in a variety of shapes, oddly. I’ll see if I can collect seeds from it later.