Sunday, October 04, 2015

Named After a Greek God

There is a steady plant that blooms so faithfully along the shore of "my" river at this time of year. Like most fall flowers it also is a member of the aster family.  I think mine is the Baccharis halimifolia, but we just call it saltbush.  Another common name is groundsel tree.  It has an herby smell in the fall and reminds one of the dry crispness of leaves and fall weather and maybe the far from here desert of the West.





The rising waters of the river with higher tides during some years have pushed this fellow back against the shoreline and killed some of my plants.  Yes, it never fails to show brightly like little lights against the water as all the leaves on the trees change colors.




The flowers resemble silver paint brushes.


It is an important food source for all the pollinators trying to get the last nutrition before the first frost.  In summer it is a shelter for the nests of marsh wrens.  Like many plants it can be an invasive and this one is considered to be in Australia of all places!




It also makes a very nice backdrop to the sunset.



Baccharis is the ancient Greek name (derived from the god Bacchus) of a plant with fragrant roots.  I did not find anything about wine.  As the season ages these white paintbrushes become exploding tufts of cotton floating freely on the air.

7 comments:

barbara judge said...

Tabor -- What a nice story about groundsel. I have heard the name but really never knew what the plant looked like. I think it is a beautiful addition to the wild plants that surround it in your nice photo. thanks for the nice description and photo -- barbara

Red said...

Wow! That's quite a shrub. Great photos and research on this plant.

messymimi said...

Such a pretty autumn plant! Thanks for sharing it with us.

ellen abbott said...

great shots of all the little pollinators.

Hilary said...

Very pretty. It sure attracts a lot of different insects.. all of which you've captured beautifully.

Snaggle Tooth said...

My first thought was they look like our New York asters here, but the wrong color. Ours are pale purple. Oh boy, bugs look out- the papparazzi are after you there... Great shots!

Linda Reeder said...

Great photos, with all those wonderful bugs!