Wednesday, August 12, 2015
A Wildflower for Wednesday
This has had its influence on me too. I have been known to indulge in the dubious (from a gardening perspective) practice of leaving a wildling to grow "to find out what it is". Generally, it was not something to be recommended for a civilized garden!
This, though, is a different case. I know that the plant in question is Pectis papposa, familiarly named Chinchweed. It is an annual which grows on disturbed sites here in the Sonoran desert. It blooms in late summer/early autumn, and the garden site had plenty of it when I began clearing. And frankly, I am playing with litte Pectis papposa.
I may regret it later, but I have not found it a difficult plant to remove, unlike some of the other pests which grow around here! I am using it as a temporary groundcover in areas where it is arriving as the season progresses. In a few months it will dry out and blow away - or at least that was the pattern last year. It's taking a bit of a chance, I know, letting it settle in under a rose bush, in this case "The Alnwick Rose".
Well, we shall see whether this is a Bad Mistake or an Underused Native Annual. Its friendly colours and airy habit are rather cheering in the oppressive moods of August. So I hope it will be the latter!