Hearts-a-Bustin’

I find many lovely wild plants along my driveway.

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This one is especially interesting in the fall.

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During most of the year it is a nondescript, wiry, open shrub.

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Its only distinctive feature while not in bloom is that its stems look like green wire.

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It turns into a marvel in the September when its seed pods ripen.

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They burst open to expose the orange-red seeds inside.

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It is also called American strawberry bush, but do not eat the seeds they are poisonous.

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Its scientific name is Euonymus americanus. 

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Wonderful weed!

 

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