Mystery plant 084

This plant’s native range is the eastern portion of North America.  When you can identify it, leave a comment below with both the common name and scientific name of the plant.  Also, please share any personal connection or story you may have about this plant.

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Leaves and flower buds

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Flower arrangement

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Flowers in bloom

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Flowers

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Group of plants in typical habitat

 

ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): White wood aster (Eurybia divaricata)

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American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)

American beautyberryDuring the summer, American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) blooms with tiny flowers hidden among its leaves.

The fertilized flowers develop into small green berries which grow around the leaf axils.

American beautyberry
These berries gradually turn from green to purple.

American beautyberryWhen fully mature in the fall, the ripe berries are a striking purple color.

American beautyberryDuring the winter season, some dried berries may remain on the plant.

American beautyberry

Watch this video about American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) to learn about the annual cycle of the plant and to study its tiny flowers and beautiful berries more closely.

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(Here’s the same video as posted on YouTube.)

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Mystery plant 083

This plant grows in woodlands or open areas in eastern and central North America.  When you can identify it, please leave its common and scientific names in a comment.  Also, share any personal connection you may have with this plant.

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Leaves

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Flower buds

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Plant in bloom

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Flower

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Dying flowers and seed capsules developing

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Dried seed capsules

 

ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Eastern shooting star (Primula meadia)

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