Roadside Ditch Grows Marsh Flowers

The dog and I walked along the river this evening and saw some interesting flowers growing in the ditch beside the road.  It is moist there, enough to grow reeds.  Unless you look closely, you can look right past some of the flowers that are there.

The most obvious flower is the purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), a remarkable flower that can exist in a number of varieties.  For example, our wildflower guide indicates it can have from 4 to 6 petals, which kept me from identifying it for sometime.  I’m still not 100% certain.

The more hidden flower is the Spotted Touch-me-not or Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis).  Like the Himalayan Balsam, it is part of the Impatiens family.  It’s a lovely little flower but overshadowed by the greenery around it.

The Spotted Touch-me-not, also known as Jewelweed

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