In the foreground: a new view of marsh smartweed, a plant I profiled on Flowery Prose around this time last year. (Take a look at my original post here, along with a close-up view of the flower). I shot this photo from our boat as we followed the northwest shoreline of McGregor Lake (near Milo, Alberta), on a crazy hot and smoky August afternoon.
I’m not certain of the ID of the large reeds in the background; I’ve done some tentative digging but haven’t come up with anything conclusive. I’ll update this post if I can find out any more info about them.
As it is related to buckwheat I wondered if it was edible; apparently some of it is. Have you tried it?
No, I haven’t given it a taste-test; I did read that flower buds and seed pods taste a bit like peas. I also read that it is a good fibre plant and has been used to stuff life jackets and to make cloth and twine. Fascinating!
A very useful plant.
a really charming photo for Friday- soft and tender in the tones
Thank you! Much appreciated. I wonder if the haze from the forest fires and the extreme heat of the day perhaps contributed to the softness.
I looked at the flower too. What a vibrant colour.
It definitely is!
Lovely – and related to one of the star plants in my very dry rockery!
Isn’t it interesting how this one loves extreme moisture and yours can tolerate a great deal of dryness? Plants are amazing!
Zolang ze niet teveel gaan woekeren is het ok
Yes, that’s for sure! They do spread a bit, but they are not considered invasive here in Alberta.
Thanks so much!
Glad you shared the original post link. The flower is beautiful when seen close up and with the hint of pink in the above photo
I’m glad you enjoyed both views – it is such a pretty flower!