Wildflowers: The Reds in Kentucky: I love Red too, my favorite color.

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Wildflowers:  The Reds in Kentucky

By Sharon
August 22, 2013

I grew up loving wildflowers. During the 40s and 50s there weren't many other flowers available in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. I also grew up loving color and I was particularly attracted to red. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered very few red wildflowers growing in my mountains.

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Aug 21, 2013 9:48 PM CST
Sharon, you have a way of transporting us to another time.

A time of fun and learning about the world of Nature, a time full of curiosity and innocence.
Thank You for sharing you experiences with us. I tip my hat to you.
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Aug 21, 2013 10:21 PM CST
Thanks, Josephine. I learned a lot but most of what I learned was limited to what grew in the mountains around me. I've learned now that there is so much that I don't know.

Thanks, too, for asking me to join you for Wildflowers Week! My favorite topic, and I love writing and learning more about them.
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vic
Aug 22, 2013 5:58 AM CST
Sharon, when I walked the dogs this morning, we were down by the creek and I saw three BRIGHT RED leaves and I just smiled and thought of you. Green Grin!

And then I remembered, it's usually in September, along the bank of the creek, a flower will bloom and it's bright red also. I've thought many times, I should climb down and dig it up and bring it up to the water garden as I only have purple and yellow blooms there but then I think, nah, this is it's home, it's beautiful right where it is Lovey dubby
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Aug 22, 2013 6:11 AM CST
Vicky, you could take cuttings in the spring, that way you don't disturb it and you can have it nearby to admire.
Monarda is easy to root from cuttings. Smiling
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vic
Aug 22, 2013 6:12 AM CST
GREAT idea Josephine! I will tag it and do that Thumbs up
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Sharon
Aug 22, 2013 8:10 AM CST
Made me smile, Vic.

Josephine, do you have chicory there? I've tried everything I know to get chicory to grow for me and absolutely no luck. It much prefers the dusty dry edge of an old road to my garden. Drives me crazy that I can't get it to grow here.

Do you have chicory, Vic?
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Aug 22, 2013 8:36 AM CST
I don't know if I do or not Sharon Confused

I'll need to look. Isn't it used for coffee as well?
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frostweed
Aug 22, 2013 8:43 AM CST
Sharon, are you referring to this one? http://wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=PYPA4

We do have this one growing wild around here but I don't have it in my yard.

There are many plants that won't grow for me either, so i have to be happy seeing them some place else. Rolling my eyes.
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Sharon
Aug 22, 2013 9:22 AM CST
Talking about this one:



And yes, Vic -- coffee. Looeeseeanna coffee! Big Grin
It grows wild all over eastern KY but I have trouble finding it here. Very strange.
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vic
Aug 22, 2013 9:30 AM CST
When is the bloom time?
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Aug 22, 2013 10:01 AM CST
According to USDA it grows all over the U.S. and Canada but we usually don't see it around here, it sure is a pretty blue.

http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=CIIN
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Sharon
Aug 22, 2013 10:49 AM CST
Sorry, Vic, I had to make a run to Paducah. Fast trip.
It blooms in late summer and fall here, there too, I'd think. Last time I saw it was when I was in E KY in October a couple of years ago. Wrote about it in my blog then.

Thanks for that link, Josephine. I wasn't sure about it's growth area. Nice to know.
Chicory has been on my 'gotta have' list for the longest time!
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Aug 22, 2013 11:10 AM CST
Then I think for sure we have it. I remember seeing blue blooms in the fall. I'll keep a look out for it and let you know Thumbs up
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JonnaSudenius
Aug 24, 2013 1:56 PM CST
Maybe you want to grow Anthyllis vulneraria coccinea., it's a red wild flower here in Europe.
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Aug 24, 2013 3:00 PM CST
I'll take a look, Jonna! Thank you.
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vic
Aug 31, 2013 6:22 AM CST
Remember the red bloom I told you about that blooms this time of year. It usually blooms along the banks down by the river bed. I've been looking for it everyday and I saw it blooming today Hurray! Hurray! BUT somehow, it's has jumped from one side of the dam to the other. There was also some Joe Pye weed blooming next to it as well. I'm hoping @Sharon or @frostweed can identify it????


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Sharon, remember the 3 red leaves I saw the morning I read this article? They were there that morning and I've not seen them since. Odd, don't you think?

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Aug 31, 2013 6:31 AM CST
Good find, Vic! Hurray!

Is this it?

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)


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vic
Aug 31, 2013 7:20 AM CST
Well for crying out loud Chelle - do I feel stupid Whistling

That IS it Hurray! Hurray! Thank you so much for identifying it - I only thought of cardinal flower as the cardinal vine which I have grown on my shepherd's hook.

Didn't know it was a real plant that grew in the wild - Duh!

Thank you so much Thumbs up

and edited to say I've even loaded that flower into the db - several times - double DUH!
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Aug 31, 2013 8:11 AM CST
I'm a little late to this party, but yep! Chelle's right, Vic. Lucky you!
Mom loved that flower! Me too. Smiling

Odd about the 3 leaves.
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Aug 31, 2013 9:09 AM CST
Sharon, I think I saw those 3 red leaves that morning just for you Lovey dubby

I love this flower too - just a BRIGHT red in the midst of no other color Hurray!

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