Content tagged with "plants"

Barn Spider (Spotted Orb Weaver)

Photo of a barn spider, or spotted orbweaver, hiding in a corner
This “barn spider” is probably Neoscona crucifera, also called Hentz’s orbweaver and spotted orb weaver. It’s a widespread species that commonly builds its webs in woods and on the eaves of barns and other structures (including houses). The female takes down her web each morning, hides in cracks and corners during the day (as shown in this picture), and spins a new large, round web at dusk. This individual built her web next to a dusk-to-dawn porch light each night for several weeks one late summer, taking advantage of the host of flying insects attracted to the light. More

Bastard Toadflax (False Toadflax)

Photo of bastard toadflax plant with flowers
Bastard toadflax is a perennial herb with yellowish-green foliage and smooth, upright stems. It grows and flowers on dry or rocky uplands, glades, and prairies, under the hottest conditions, May through July. More

Bastard Toadflax (False Toadflax)

Photo of bastard toadflax, or false toadflax, plant with flowers
The flowers of bastard toadflax are whitish or cream-colored and grow in small, flattened clusters at the tops of stalks. The leaves are narrow, oblong, alternate, stalkless, to 1½ inches long, and yellowish green on both sides. The plant usually only grows to 1 foot high. More

Bearded Tooth (Lion’s Mane; Hedgehog Mushroom)

Photo of bearded tooth, a white beardlike mushroom, growing on a rotting log
The bearded tooth is a beardlike, whitish mass that grows on trunks of living deciduous trees and on fallen trees and logs. More

Bearded Tooth (Lion’s Mane; Hedgehog Mushroom)

Photo of bearded tooth, white round beardlike mushroom growing from tree trunk
Bearded tooth grows singly, on the trunks of living deciduous trees and on fallen trees and logs. It feeds off of dead or dying trees, decomposing them in the process. More

Beebalm (Bradbury Beebalm)

Photo of Bradbury beebalm plant with pale flowers
The flowers of Bradbury beebalm are often white or pale lavender with purple spots. Note the unbranching stems and the sessile (stalkless) leaves. Also called horsemint and wild bergamot, this showy, fragrant plant is a favorite of native plant gardeners. More

Beebalm (Bradbury Beebalm)

Photo of Bradbury beebalm plant with pinkish flowers
Bradbury beebalm is a clump-forming perennial with square, unbranched stems. All parts of the plant have a pleasant aroma. Flowers normally in 1 terminal cluster, subtended by many small leaves that frequently are rose-purple. The flowers themselves vary from white to lavender to pinkish. More

Beefsteak Plant

Photo of beefsteak plant showing upper leaves and flower cluster
Introduced from Asia as an ornamental, beefsteak plant is common in moist or dry wooded bottomlands, open valley pastures, and along trails, railroads, and roadsides. It is edible, and red forms of it are often grown in herb gardens. More