“With caps of regal purple,
the delicate blossoms gently sway,
on the tide of warm a summer breeze.
The sweet aroma of nectar,
wafts in the air,
an elixir for butterflies, wasps, and bees.”
– Ed Lehming
In the meadow just up the street from my home, there is a patch of beautiful purple Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum sibericum), a hybrid of native wildflower, more common in warmer climes. However, I have the fortune of living in a Carolinian micro-climate, so some more southern wildflowers can and do flourish here, when conditions are just right.
This little patch is an anomaly, and I’m assuming, since it’s a hybrid, that it’s an escapee from somebody’s garden, since the images of true Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum) I have looked at show a predominantly white flower with broader leaves. It will definitely be included in my garden, once the bloom completes.
It’s a haven for bees and butterflies right now. The whole patch is a flurry of hungry, insects, competing for an open space, attracted by its bright colour and wonderful fragrance.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/250 sec, f/10.0 ISO 400