Almanac Excerpt

WINTERBERRY, Ilex verticillata

November
Winterberry grows to be six to 10 feet high. You will find winterberry in both wet and dry soils in woodlands, swamps, bogs and along the edges of ponds. Winterberry has bright green oval leaves and purplish-green young branches.

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SUGAR MAPLE, Acer saccharum

October
Sugar maple is the classic New England maple tree. Its five-lobed dark green leaves turn a brilliant yellow, crimson and scarlet color in the fall. Sugar maple grows to be 60 to 80 feet tall.

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Aster

September
ASTERS have star-shaped flower heads. There are many different kinds of aster and most of them bloom in late summer or early fall. A common aster of woods and thickets is heart-leaved aster,

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CARDINAL FLOWER, Lobelia cardinalis

August
Cardinal flower is a striking plant standing two to five feet tall. It has scarlet petals the color of a cardinal’s robe. The flower is a long tube with two lobed lips and protruding stamens.

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LITTLE WOOD SATYR, Megisto cymela

June
At the woodland edge, near meadows and fields, look for the little wood satyr, which is a member of the brushfoot family of butterflies. Its brown wings span about one and a quarter inches,

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SPICEBUSH, Lindera benzoin

April
Spicebush is a fairly common large shrub in the understory near streams and in lowlands. Spicebush grows slowly, reaching up to 10 feet high and two to eight feet wide.

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