Sunday, November 14, 2010

beaked cornsalad

The following plant is called Valerianella radiata of the family valerianaceae:

This plant was found growing at Chapel Hill on March 15, 2007.  Native to the U.S. however, it would seem that it, or it's cousin (V. locusta), was made famous by none other than King Louis the 14th's royal gardener.  It seems to have garnered favor as a garnish.  Though, if wikipedia is to be believed, the specimen above is past it's peak and better passed over.  This flower is an example of the cyme flower arrangement

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