Lots of Catnip in the Don Valley: Sept. 14, 2022

Catnip is a Eurasian species which is thoroughly naturalized in all kinds of disturbed places and weedy areas including dumps, parking lots, around buildings, fields and thickets, roadsides and railroads, shores and flower beds. It arrived in North America in the 1830’s.

We found many Catnip plants this morning during our walk in the Beechwood / Don Valley area.

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Nepeta cataria (catnip)

It has quite an effect on some cats as this You Tube video shows.


Other botany:

Joe-pye-weed (Eutrochium maculatum)
Calico Aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadense)
Evening Primrose (Oenothera)
Heath Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
White Birch (Betula papyrifera)
Queen Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota)
Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)
Pale-leaved Sunflower (Helianthus decapetalus)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Arrow-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum urophyllum)
White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima)
Wild-bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Flat-topped Aster (Doellingeria umbellata)
Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)
Flat-topped Aster (Doellingeria umbellata)
Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

Some birds and the moon:

Northern Cardinal (male)
Blue Jay
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Red-tailed Hawk
Gray Catbird

Today’s group:


Here and yonder, high and low,
Goldenrod and sunflowers glow.      – Robert Kelley Weeks (1840–1876)

Miles Hearn

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