Fall interlude

I am not done inventory-ing; I got distracted. Colorful leaves, the shimmering light on grasses, mushrooms and green moss, clubmosses, red berries, the blue- crisp sky…you’ll understand what I mean.


Sassafras albidum – a ‘cool’ small tree with leaves in many shapes! All parts of the plant are spicy and aromatic.

Lindera benzoin (the Spicebush, wild allspice). It is  sometimes called ‘forsythia of the wilds’ because of its early spring yellow flowering which give a yellow tinge to the woods.  The leaves are aromatic and in the fall turn a most beautiful golden colour. The fruits are also aromatic and highly appreciated by birds. Fruits and foliage were used to prepare tea (leaves and twigs), and the fleshy part of the fruits was chopped and utilized as an allspice (hence the name).

Mountain-mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum) fruit heads and Schizachyrium scoparium


And, even if not great looking at this time of year, what an exciting find – Prosartes lanuginosa!   Yellow fairybells/mandarin, the only Prosartes species (formerly Disporum) which can be found growing wild in Ontario (rare).


Prosartes lanuginosa

And I’ll end the post the same it begun, with mushrooms, and a giant one, no less :)


Calvatia gigantea – Giant puffball


10 replies
  1. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    Noticed Prosartes or yellow fairybells for the first time this summer in Muskoka! I believe the dryness this summer prevented the fruits to form as in your photo or the wildlife found seed to be desirable. Always nice to find new a new native flower.
    Have you tried pan fried puffball?.

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      It was very exciting to see it! Not too many and not all with fruits though; I would think more because of the dryness. Just like with Arisaema species, the NA continent wasn’t left with many Prosartes (Disporum) species unfortunately
      (comparing with Asia).
      We’ve had the puffball a few years ago,is good but this time I left it in place (only 4 of them).

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