Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum) is supposed to be called “waterleaf” because the white-ish spots that sometimes appear on some of its leaves look like watermarks on paper. Yet the lungworts are also covered with white-ish spots and they are named after disease. It makes no sense.
This is Bristly Greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides) before it morphs into a really dangerous plant. Here, it stands tall, but make no mistake, it is going to climb all over whatever it can find. The stem is not yet covered with menacing thorns so dense you cannot touch it.
Fragrant Bedstraw (Galium triflorum) stays a little shorter when it has a lot of light, as when I grew it as a garden plant. This was growing in the woods by Ard Godfrey’s dam.
Morrow’s Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii), I think. Could be Showy Honeysuckle (Lonicera ×bella). Either way, it is invasive and should be removed.
This is definitely the Showy Honeysuckle (Lonicera ×bella). It performed that most unwanted of plantsy exploits: It escaped cultivation. Now it’s an invasive intruder, and should be eradicated.
I saw a third color of honeysuckle in bloom on May 28th. This was quite dark pink.
I am one of those people with a very strong opinion of buttercups. They should have bright, warm, yellow petals. Five. They should have airy and wiry stems that float the flowers over the surrounding plants, and they should provide bright color intermittently over fields of other wild flowers. You know, buttercup. The Hooked Buttercup (Ranunculus recurvatus) is nearly none of that.
Barberry, which is some flavor of Berberis. It could be Berberis vulgaris, or Common Barberry. It could be the Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii). It doesn’t matter much, because this is either on the “prohibited” list or the “restricted” list of noxious plants. This needs to be dug up and gotten rid of.
Yeah…. no idea what this is. The roundish leaves with the scalloped edges are new garlic mustard plants. But what plant has those frond-like leaves?
Is this Wild Comfrey (Cynoglossum virginianum)?