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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
        For detailed information on using the Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers scroll to the end of this page or click on a flower common name on the list.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Shepherd's Purse (February Flower of the Month)

Shepards Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

A member of the Mustard Family (Brassicaceae) and probably of European origin, the Shepherd's Purse, invasive in some areas, is now found worldwide including North America.
The Shepherds Purse named for its triangular, “purse” shaped fruit, and blooming in early Spring (late March), around the same time as the Henbit, Spring Beauty, False Garlic and Field Pansy, produce small, one sixteenth to one eighth inch white, four petaled flowers which grow on long, leafless stems. The notched leaves, found at the base of the plant, resemble the leaves of the Common Dandelion.
Seeing this plant is a sure sign that warmer weather is near. Look for this plant in lawns, open fields and other disturbed areas.

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