which way is up?
i have a half dozen of these culver’s root flowers growing wild in my backyard. but this is the one that caught my attention. on all the others, the spike like flowers grow straight up like church steeples on a straight stem. on this one, however, there were so many flowers on a single stem, that the stem had started to lean due to the weight of the flowers. but the flowers all kept trying to grow straight up. so in a field of straights, this flock of cockeyed shorebirds caughts my attention. a little weirdness is a good thing.
culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)