Complicated Family Life

I may have to give up on trying to learn the plant families…  This week, I found plenty of “Swamp Candle” or “Yellow Loosestrife” blooming at Audubon.

Swamp Candle
Swamp Candle or Yellow Loosestrife (Lysimachia terrestris)

I thought to myself, “This would be a good time to learn the Loosestrife Family.”


Yellow Loosestrife is in the Primrose Family.  As is Whorled Loosestrife:
Whorled Loosestrife

Lysimachia quadrifolia

And Fringed Loosestrife:
Fringed Loosestrife
Lysimachia ciliata

Honest.  I don’t make this stuff up.  I wonder if there are any primoses in the loosestrife family?  It’s all so complicated.

Happy Flowery Friday… I’m off for more bird banding… A birdie post will be next!

5 thoughts on “Complicated Family Life

  1. Lovely Lysimachia terrestris! The flowers are reminiscent of a yellow and red version of Bittersweet Nightshade…not even in the same family of course, but there is a similarity in the flower form. Great post!

  2. Jennifer- Great pictures. I love botany. Bulrushes are sedges….not rushes at all. Cotton grass is a sedge…not a grass at all. Same with woolgrass… a rush…not a grass at all. It goes on…and on..and on. I stick to the Latin names…makes things easier!


  3. Great post! BTW-I just returned from Minnesota/Michigan UP and the whole time I was looking for dragonflies (along with bears, deer and birds) because of your posts about dragonflies. Couldn’t capture any pictures, though, they didn’t seem to land anywhere near. But it was fun to be watching for them and spotting some different kinds.

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