Jul. 6, 2020

clammy hedgehyssop, Gratiola neglecta

The area I was in the other day off Sibley Road has been extensively used by off-road vehicles. Give them credit this time! I couldn't see one instance where anyone went off the trails. The trails reveal the nature of the area. They are mostly firm and dry, but there are spots where they've broken down. Mud is the intant result, even in very dry spells like we're having now. The water level is about a foot down. This makes an interesting habitat, with a very thin, well drained, often sandy surface over water. Clammy hedgehyssop likes those trails. This weedy native if among the species trying to repopulate the bare spots. It's a little thing mostly about six inches tall. Clammy grows in every state except AK, FL, and HI, and in AB, BC, MB, NB, NS, ON, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 6/16/11. Plantain family, Plantaginaceae.