Anybody know what kind of peppers these are? I really hope the name has something to do with Christmas lights.
Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)! This wildflower is native to most of North America and the northernmost regions of South America (particularly Colombia). This herbaceous perennial can grow up to 4 feet tall and likes wet environments such as floodplains and swamps. Because of the alkaloids it contains, the plant is potentially toxic. However, Native Americans used a tea made from the roots to treat intestinal problems and syphilis and it is being researched in neurological studies.
Photo: K. Chayka
Some liverworts to brighten your day!
Greater fringed gentian
Photo: Vickie Emms
This beautiful wildflower is native to most of the eastern half of the United States (not really the southern part). It is threatened or endangered in most of its native habitat
"At night I dream that you and I are two plants
that grew together, roots entwined,
and that you know the earth and the rain like my mouth,
since we are made of earth and rain."
Pablo Neruda, Regalo De Un Poeta/ Gift Of A Poet