Monday, June 16, 2008

Yellow flag.

Yellow flag, Iris pseudacorus, grows beyond the dyke along the Sturgeon Banks. It pushes its way among the cat-tails where the water is shallow. It's an invasive species, native to Europe, western Asia and northwest Africa. It spreads via rhizomes and water-borne seeds.

Cat-tail marshes are important wildlife habitats. Yellow-flag marshes are not. But oh well, they're here. They're pretty. And they'll be visible for the next few weeks, until the purple loosestrife swarms up around them. (The tall, dead, dry seed-heads in the first picture = purple loosestrife.)

Oh, weeds.

1 comment:

chey said...

Although pretty, sadly misplaced.