It’s amazing to me how plants adapt to varying conditions. I think of one little pink weed, a prairie native, that can grow like a tiny alpine flower or a good-sized bush. It would grow just a few inches tall with eensy-weensie magenta flowers if it was in the lawn where it got mowed, or where the soil was very poor and dry. In rich moist soil it became a five-foot tall monster covered in great masses of bloom. Alas, it died out from my yard a few years ago, and I miss it.
Here’s another example. In full sun, the leaves of this plant have a bluish cast and are quite stiff, almost leathery.
The difference is even more striking than these photos can show. I’m pretty good at identifying plants in my garden, but for quite a while I didn’t think the plants growing in the shade were actually the same as the ones growing in sun. This, even though I sort of remembered planting the shade clump last fall.
Here’s a close up of these guys almost ready to bloom. I looked them up once, but can’t remember their name. It’s “tri” something, referring to the three-petaled flowers.
Update: No, it’s not “tri” something…see comments. 🙂