Tall Weeds in a Ditch / Hoher Wildwuchs im Graben

Many different ones, including invasive Canadian Goldenrod, native Mullein and especially tall Vipers Bugloss (poor man's taganaste) / Viele verschiedene, darunter eigeschleppte Kanadische Goldruten, einheimische Koenigskerzen und erstaunlich hochgewachsenen Gewoehnlichen Natternkopf (Taganaste fuer Arme)

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DianePutnam January 21, 2017, 08:52 AM
That is so pretty with the charming fence! Super composition, Sonja, and Vipers Bugloss sounds very dangerous. ;-b
Sonja January 21, 2017, 09:58 AM
It is named for the head of a snake as each blossom resembles one. Nothing much dangerous.
Echium is a common genus of oldworld herb and Vipers Bugloss is the type species, a flower of fast draining spaces with many tiny blue blossoms usually not much larger than lupines, monkshoods or sages wih a faintly similar enlongated flowerhead. As it ages the flower clusters die off but on their ends a second bloom occures, leading to look like tiny green scaly snakes winding outward, with a blue head and pink split tounge growing from the steam. So much for the vipers...

Famous in the genus is the exotic Taganaste, an endemic of the canary islands which grows into a phantastic pointy red tower, with specimen that look like a giant garden gnome cap with green brim at the base, standing often taller than humans.

In the last few years I tend to happen on Vipers Bugloss near my home now and then, that is not wider at the base than my arm, but that stands as tall as average Taganaste. The specimen in the middle of this shot orgined in a ditch drainage, like 30cm below me, yet overtowered me a little bit, making it near whole 2 metres high. It is not supposed to grow taller than 80cm however.

You can find it on your continent, much like Red Clover it was used to pretty up highway middle stripes and other well drained problem zones as easy to care for flower beds and went out of control some places, Montreal is known for this issue, also Washington.

DougShepherd January 22, 2017, 12:44 PM
Very nicely composed.
Andy Rodker January 25, 2017, 03:59 PM
We get lots of vipers Bugloss in Central Spain (and yes, growing no higher than 80cms)..
A fine shot.
MickPt January 28, 2017, 12:26 AM
WD. Great composition.
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