Among Rhode Island Wild Flowers and Native Plants

Among Rhode Island Wildflowers

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What plant is that?

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October 2021 Mystery Plant

October 2021 Mystery Plant-- close up of leaf

October 2021 Mystery Plant-- buds

October 2021 Mystery Plant-- leaves with flower stalks

October 2021 Mystery Plant --flowers

Photo credits:© Peter M. Dziuk,
via Minnesota Wildflowers, https://www.minnesotawildflowers.inf

The mystery plant for
is a herbaceous perennial
native to dry, rocky and
sometimes sandy places. 
This plant grows from 6-10” tall
and can spread to 24 inches. 
It has a vigorous spreading habit
and has linear awl shaped leaves. 
The flowers are about
one inch across and
have 5 petals and 5 sepals. 
The petals are notched at the tips and range in color
from pink to blue-violet. 
Inside the flower
there are 5 stamens
of varying lengths and
the style is three parted.
The five sepals are shorter
than the floral tube
and lance shaped
with a pointed tip.
The sepals are hairy and green
or sometimes purple colored.
“Minnesota Wildflowers”
states that this plant is
adventive in New England and from Michigan west in Minnesota
and south to Tennessee.
This plant spreads readily. 
Flora Novae Angliae states
that this plant grows in
all six New England states.

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Congratulations to the following
for correctly identifying
last month's mystery plant.

Gena Anika
Erin Foley
Emma Fritz
Mariya Furtado
Domingo Lora Medina
Brian Maynard
Julianne Müller
Alan Newton
Nolan O'Donnell
Rachel Partney
Diane Stacy