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Venus' Looking Glass

Was out in the yard earlier and this tiny purple wildflower growing on the fence caught my eye. I had no idea what the flower was until I decided to research. The color is beautiful. If I can correctly identify it, I may dig it up and put it in Dustin’s garden.

After researching the US wildflower website, I have identified this flower as Venus’ Looking Glass. Also known as Clasping Bellwort, Roundleaved Triodanis – Triodanis.

Venus’ Looking Glass is a small annual that you might find growing in dry woods and open fields during the summer months. The deep violet blue color of the flower will catch your eye, even though the plant is short (10-20 inches high) and the leaves and flowers are very small.

The name of Venus’ Looking Glass comes from an early, botanical description of a European relative.  In that species, the seeds were said to be so shiny that they resembled tiny mirrors (or looking glasses). Now we all know the rest of the story.

I feel confident this is the correct flower. I have added the US wildflower database flower below for comparison. So excited when I can identify these tiny blooms. And what a backstory to where the name came from. Very interesting.

©CarolDM2019

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    Do you enjoy identifying flowers you find?

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    This photo is from the US Wildflower database. I think it is the same flower as mine above, do you agree?

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    • Yes when I see one I want to know about it, and this one is in my garden now. If it doesn’t grow well, I will plant the seeds. There are a few websites I can usually find what I am looking for easily.

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