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daisy fleebane

Daisy Fleebane Erigeron Annuus

Daisy Fleebane is in the aster family and native throughout North America. It can be found growing in disturbed areas and along roadsides.



dames' rocket

Dames' Rocket Hesperis Matronalis

This Eurasion native brought over in the 17th century was liked for it's showy pink purple and white flowers that bloom in spring. The pervasive spread of Dames Rocket can be attributed to its prolific seed production and that it has been widely sold as pard of wild flower seed mixes that get sold throughout the country. Many states consider this member of the mustard family a noxious weed.



deprford pink

Deptford Pink Dianthus Armeria

Related to the carnation, it is native to much of Europe and has been naturalized in North America.



dandelion

Dandelion Taraxacum Officinale

Native to Europe and Asia, it is naturalized in the U.S. Many think of it as a weed. The leaves and flowers on this plant are edible. It can be a nice addition in soups and salads. Many people like to make wine or jam from the yellow flowers.



dutchman's breeches

Dutchman's Breeches Dicentra Cucularia

Dutchman's breeches is a perennial herbaceous plant, native to rich woods of eastern North America. It blooms in the spring and is one of many plants whose seeds are spread by ants, a process called myrmecochory. The seeds have a fleshy organ called an elaiosome that attracts ants. The ants take the seeds to their nest, where they eat the elaiosomes, and put the seeds in their nest debris, where they are protected until they germinate. They also get the added bonus of growing in a medium made richer by the ant nest debris.

Native Americans had medicinal uses of this plant in treating skin conditions and as a blood purifier.



downy sunflower

Downy Sunflower Helianthus Mollis

Downy sunflower is a native perennial that spreads very quickly by rhizome.



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