Who Am I?

In October, my blossoms looked like yellow spiders and the seed pods, which took a whole year to develop, were tight closed:

October

By December, the long spidery legs of the flowers are gone:

December Blossom

The seed pods are starting to dry and will soon release their seeds:

December Seed Pods

By March, the seeds have been released… ejected in fact… sometimes as far as 15 feet from the tree on which they grew:

March Seed Pods

Who am I?

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)!
Did you guess it?  Were you right?

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4 thoughts on “Who Am I?

  1. I got it! I got it! I have never actually seen this plant before, so that goes to show how helpful it is to browse field guides and other visual media in your free time.

    I remember my grandmother using witch hazel a lot when I was a kid, and remember it has an unusual but not unpleasant odor, and was very soothing to the skin.

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