|Smooth Rockcress - Mark Bower|
|"Our" Smooth Rockcress - REK|
B. laevigata is a biennial, meaning that it has a two year life cycle similar to thistle, teasel and garlic mustard. The first year its energy goes into growing vegetative structure, its roots, leaves and very little stem, staying close to the ground. The second year the stem "bolts," the stalk shooting up where it flowers and produces seeds.
|Rockcress buds patiently waiting - Mark Bower|
|Growing on moss covered rock - Mark Bower|
|from Minnesota Wildflowers|
We will be monitoring the little rockcress during the late spring when it will typically bloom. The flowers last for 1-2 months but are hard to see, the white petals barely extend beyond the green sepals, all less than a third of an inch long. We have flagged the area to be sure to find them.
* The life of the Orangetip Falcate is the subject of this 2015 blog.
|Nibbled down- Mark Bower|
|"This Buds for me - REK." -|