Allegheny spurge (Pachysandra procumbens)

Allegheny spurgeAllegheny spurge (Pachysandra procumbens) is a native perennial in the southeastern portion of the United States.

During winter, its leaves are mottled with white.  This next image shows the winter leaves along with the bright green spring leaves of new plants coming up from the underground rhizomes.

Allegheny spurge
In summer, the leaves of these newer plants are solidly green.

Allegheny spurge

Watch this video about Allegheny spurge (Pachysandra procumbens) to learn more about the annual cycle of the plant and to see its curiously shaped flowers.


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

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Mystery plant 082

This vine grows throughout the central and eastern portions of North America.  When you can identify it, leave a comment with the common and scientific names.  Also, share any personal connection you may have with this plant.


Emergence of plant in spring


Leaves and leaf arrangement




Staminate (male) flowers


Pistillate (female) flowers


Seed capsule


Dried seed capsule


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)

Also, read the blog post and watch the plant portrait video for Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa).

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Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)

Flowering dogwoodWhen Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) blooms in spring, people stop and take notice.

Flowering dogwoodThe bright white “petals,” which are actually bracts, surround a cluster of small flowers in the center.  These flowers are only one-quarter inch in diameter and exude a wonderful fragrance when they bloom.

Flowering dogwoodDuring the summer months, the fertilized flowers mature into green drupes.  Notice the leaf shape and venation which help to identify this medium-sized tree.

Flowering dogwood

At the same time as the fruits (drupes) develop during the summer months, Flowering dogwood grows new flower buds for next spring.

Flowering dogwoodIn the fall, the drupes mature to a bright red color.

Flowering dogwoodThe fall leaf color is also strikingly beautiful.

Flowering dogwood

Watch this video about Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) to learn more about the small flowers, to watch the development of flower buds from summer through the next spring, and to observe the variety of leaf colors the tree may have in the fall.


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

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