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Raggedy Yellow Flowers and Seed-Shooting Pods March 6, 2009

Filed under: Plants,Seasons,Spring,Trees,Winter — saltthesandbox @ 1:17 pm
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My route to Columbus Park winds through the Oak Park Art District. Most days the best views are through gallery windows, but today my second flower of the spring was one block east of Bead in Hand:

Witch Hazel twig with this spring's flowers and last year's seedpod.

Witch Hazel twig with this spring's flowers and last year's seed capsule.

It was Witch Hazel, a bush often seen in Illinois woodlands, although its Asian relatives grow as ornamental shrubs. The flowers — with four long and twisted petals — bloom in winter or early spring. By fall they’ve ripened into loaded guns, said to shoot their seeds up to 10 meters. The seed capsule above is empty, so the flowers could be safely approached.

The flowers are raggedy, not your classic spring beauties — but in early March you take what you can get!

 

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