I recently posted a photo that I captioned “something purple” – it showed unopened purple flower buds that weren’t a species I recognized. Well, the buds have blossomed into this.
This is not a wildflower I had ever seen before. Turns out it’s called fringed polygala, or gaywing (scientific name Polygala paucifolia). Check out that gorgeous color, and the structure of those petals! I love it. The central tube-shaped petal with the fringe encloses the reproductive structures, which are exposed when a pollinating insect lands in the right spot. In Ohio, where I’m from, it’s listed as endangered – explains why I never saw one there.
What’s the best thing blooming where you are now?