This blue-black wasp caught my eye and got me to notice a plain white flower that I wouldn’t have otherwise. Many insects were feeding on it, much like the Blue Mistflower closer to my leaf nest.
Miz Flora had some trouble identifying the plant. “I can narrow it to species related to both the Mistflower and the Joe-Pye Weed, the Eupatorium family. Checking my book, I think with the flower heads longer than wide and the uppermost leaves alternate, it may be Eupatorium serotinum, Late-flowering Boneset.”
I did see the few lone leaves at the top, whereas in the lower pars of the stalk, the leaves all matched opposite.
“Which is typical in bonesets,” Miz Flora said. “I’m not sure what they are comparing for the lateness of the bloom, but the flower heads are oblong shaped.” She snapped her book closed. “Close as you’ll get, Nutmeg. Lots to do now, with fall approaching. Acorns, you know,” she said and leaped off.
Hmm. Nothing since I met Miz Flora last spring had put her off a plant identification. I started gathering acorns myself.