Strawberry Bush Surprise

Seeing a new, colorful plant appear—especially when it’s a native one—adds a happy surprise to an everyday walk. Although I’m sure we’ve passed the small plant for a year or two most days, we hadn’t  noticed it until the seedpods were bursting open last week. Henry saw them and of course went back to get his camera…and figure out what it was.Strawberry Bush

The Strawberry Bush, Euonymous americanus, is a shrub native to the mid to southeastern US. Sometimes it’s called Bursting Heart, which I think is a great description of the red-orange seeds emerging from the magenta fruit. I think this one seeded itself here, but we liked it so much that Henry called Merv at Missouri Wildlfower Nursery and got a few more to get in the ground before it’s too late!

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About Lorna Domke

Since 1981, I've lived on the land that surrounds, and will eventually be integrated into, the Prairie Garden Trust with my husband, Henry. Our long-term goal is to build on what Henry's parents began and create a nature garden of sorts for others to enjoy. Over the years I've planted prairie, mowed trails, created a website and done whatever I could to enhance what's here. For a few years I served on the board of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Since I retired from my role as Outreach & Education Division Chief at the Missouri Dept. of Conservation in 2010, I've started to put more time into the PGT. The PGT Nature Garden blog is one result.
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