"Google is your friend," someone used to say, back in the pre-blogging days. And it is, more often than not. Not when it keeps you up for a couple of extra hours, with promises to show you what you want on the next page, if you just tweak your search terms a bit. Politician-type promises, never to be kept.
I've been searching for this plant. It was in the weeds on the shore at Stories Beach, but it looks more like a cultivated plant.
And the worst thing is that I have the feeling that I really should recognize it. At first glance, even. I don't.
Can you help me?
|White double flower, deep-throated, from a sheathed calyx, in a spray at the top of a sturdy stem. Leaves oval to lanceolate, parallel-veined, alternating, opposite.*|
At least I can identify - broadly - the resident critters. There's an ant on the sheath of one of those flowers.
|Another ant, on a petal.|
|And a cute little jumping spider. There's just the slightest hint of pink in the flowers.|
|Backside of the spider. Because I like the pattern on his back.|
*Update: Identified, in the comments, as Saponaria oficinalis, Bouncing Bet/Soapwort. Not in any of my BC guidebooks.