As i was spot spraying woody brush on the road banks the other day, i came upon a tall slender plant with lovely white flowers. Being morning, it was in full reaching-for-the-sun glory and i realized i had never seen or at least not noticed this beauty before.
The query was posed with a photo on Facebook as to its identity with no correct responses. Later that evening, i drove back to my farm to spray brush again and pulled up a plant. I took more photos and sent them to my daughter-in-law who is a top notch plant identifier in addition to her agronomy degree. Within minutes, she had it nailed.
Starry Campion is a Missouri native wildflower, but is not limited to Missouri. It can be white or pink and is a member of the carnation family (Caryophyllaceae ). Here’s the official description from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
A perennial with several stiff stems having short, soft hairs. Flowers in a loose panicle, subtended by a pair of small, leaflike bracts, with a cup-shaped calyx from which 5 white, finely fringed petals protrude. Stamens are long and slender. Blooms June–September. Leaves mostly in whorls of 4, lanceolate to oval-lanceolate, sessile, opposite, to 3 inches long.
Height: usually 2½ feet.
Also called widow’s frill, this plant is a flowering forb but doesn’t seem to be desirable for most grazing mammals. I don’t know – i’ve never seen it in my pastures!
Mercy me! What happened to June!!! Busy month for us, but the biggest event by far was that our youngest son is now married to a wonderful farm girl from Iowa. They are now settling into life together in a small place outside Des Moines. It’s a bit of a drive to her work and he works at home remotely for the same outfit he worked for in Parkville, MO. Although they’ve never lived together, they say that after only three weeks, it just feels normal. Even the pastor who married them commented to me that they may be the most suited for one another couple he’s ever married. They both love God and serve Him by teaching youngsters and reaching out to international students when they were each in their respective universities. In fact, it was through their involvement in the non denominational on-campus Christian ministries that they met. God is good all the time.
It’s a huge adjustment for me that my baby is married – that gives us moms a different position in their sons’ lives and it’s tough to accept, but it’s a good thing. Her parents and sisters and extended family are our family now and we could not be more blessed.
I still cry, but hey, that’s just the reality of it. I’m happy for all of us, but the realisation that so much change is and has been and the years just simply flying by and getting old, and, and, and…..