Jul 06 2014
Two months before it blooms we can identify this plant even though it has no flowers. Look at its stem!
The “wings” are petiole extensions that run the length of the stem. The newest wings at the top of the plant are straight with a dark margin. The older part of the stem has long white hairs in the margins. Sometimes the wings are wavy.
To me the wings look like flanges. “Flange-stem?”
Say that three times quickly and you’ll know why it’s called wingstem!
(photos by Kate St. John)