Despite it not showing up in any additional entries, I have been working on BPotD quite a bit the past couple weeks. I’ve applied the security patches for the software that runs the weblog, and with that came a bunch of work in updating templates. Unfortunately, this didn’t resolve the issue of the absurdly-long comment publishing times, and I’ve been exploring other options to address this. The most direct option has involved a lot of bureaucratic waiting. Still waiting, but I can’t forestall new entries any longer.
Today’s entry was written and photographed by Taisha, who (in a bit of good news) will be staying with BPotD over the duration of the summer. She writes:
Plectritis congesta, or seablush, is a common wildflower in southwestern British Columbia. Its range extends south to southern California. This species, now in the Caprifoliaceae (formerly Valerianaceae), tends to grow on coastal bluffs in partly shaded spring-wet slopes from coastline to mid elevations. Seablush is a species associated in part with what Canadians call the Garry oak ecosystem. It often forms large showy patches–which we can see in today’s photograph taken here at UBC Botanical Garden a couple weeks ago. An annual, Plectris congesta blooms in late spring with a cluster of small pink flowers sitting atop a fleshy square stem. The flowers provide nectar for native bees including bumblebees, but can also attract butterflies such as (in Oregon) the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly (Plebejus icarioides fenderi) or (from Vancouver Island to Oregon) the rare Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly (Euphydras editha taylori).