Forever Peas

I was waiting for the train and saw this flower for the first time.  It is the same pinkish color as Indian Touch-me-not but smaller.  After I got back in the evening, I crossed the track and took a closer look.  I think it’s the everlasting pea ( Lathyrus_latifolius ) because of the single blooms.

Bees like the nectar but do not pollinate the plant.  Moths like them as food, but the seeds are poisonous.

Everlasting pea.


The dog insisted we skirt the grassy verge of the parking lot, which we have to cross to get to the bridge that sends us back up the other side of the river.  These lovely purple bell flowers were lying, face down, as we passed by.  There were just two stalks and I haven’t seen it anywhere else in the area.  They are called harebells ( Campanula rotundifolia ) and are apparently the Bluebells of Scotland, although bluebells are different flowers in England and the U.S.

Harebells, also known as bluebells in Scotland.

Breakfast Flowers

There are many, small yellow wildflowers that eke out their existence at the foot of the towering goldenrods and other plants.  In this suburban environment, they grow at the seam between the lawn mower-trimmed grass and the wild overgrowth.

These little flowers are called common toadflax ( Linaria vulgaris ), although I like their other name as well:  butter-and-eggs!  It is edible and is used in teas to act as a laxative or pain reliever.

Butter and eggs, also known as common toadflax.