Saturday, March 07, 2009

Yerba Mansa
(Anemopsis californica)

One of my goals for this Spring is to cultivate some wildflowers. I've ordered some seeds and some plants, and this morning I brought home a dozen Yerba Mansa seed capsules from a walk by the river. Each of them seems to have a couple hundred tiny seeds, so I'm hoping a few will sprout, though I believe they are somewhat difficult to grow from seed.

I first encountered Yerba Mansa in a little bog between the road and the Rio Grande about twenty miles north of Las Cruces. The photo of the flower was made on June 9, 2002 using a little 1.3 megapixel OLYMPUS D360-L. A lot of water has flowed down the river since then.

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