While sitting on the patio this morning, sipping coffee and gleefully watching Chippy chipmunk scurry along the rails of our wood fence I decided I should make a picture of the anise root seeds I have been admiring for the past few days.
The anise root we planted last spring emerged this year, adding delicate white flowers to our woodland garden. Bees, beetles and flies were all attracted to the pollen and nectar offered by its blooms. Now, in late-June the small white petals have been replaced by bristly fruits.
The fruits, called schizocarps, are two-seeded fruit and their bristles aid in distribution by local fauna. Here, that might include opossums, skunks, chipmunks and gray squirrels - more recent visitors to our woodland habitat.