|From asphalt and snow, some grass will grow.|
The Easter daisies (Townsendia hookeri) in my garden and out on the prairie keep their leaves through the winter.
An Easter daisy’s version of green. Plant is six inches across.
There’s still a bit of green grass along the Laramie River bike path.
Green grass tips (look close).
The willows are dormant now, but come spring they will keep working to break up the asphalt and reclaim their habitat.
Yesterday afternoon I made a reconnaissance around the old packing sheds across from my house, thinking there might be a protected spot where a plant waif could grow. But no, everything was dead ... except ...
... in a driveway a flash of green stopped me. Not only were there green leaves, there were flowers too! But the light was low, the wind was howling, and I left photo-less.
This morning was calm, not even a breeze. About a half inch of snow had fallen overnight, so I brushed it away until I relocated the knotweed.
Prostrate knotweed, Polygonum aviculare.
Prostrate knotweed is a very common weed, quick to colonize disturbed habitat. Several sources note that it’s adept at colonizing cracks in sidewalks and streets.
|Sometimes prostrate knotweed grows upright too.|
|Optimistic (green) knotweed and grass.|
The snow was not helpful in shooting closeups, so I collected a sprig of knotweed to take home for portraits.
It's called “knot”weed because the stem nodes are swollen (click on image above). The Greeks called them “many knees” – hence the name of the genus: Poly-gonum.
|Short branches at base, with green and white flowers.|
|Swollen stem nodes, each with a leaf and flowers.|
|Prostrate knotweed flowers are 4-5 mm long.|
For more on street plants and their fans, check out Lucy’s December street plants gathering. And rejoice! the days are getting longer :-)