Thank you for making the ID of these two plants easy! I appreciate it! Kim ... From: Rick Subject: [CrexMeadowsNatureLovers] TwoMessage 1 of 2 , Jul 5, 2008View Source
Thank you for making the ID of these two plants easy! I appreciate it!
--- On Sun, 6/29/08, Rick <h.rick_luzula53@...> wrote:
From: Rick <h.rick_luzula53@...>
Subject: [CrexMeadowsNatureLovers] Two confusing shrubs: Redroot & New Jersey tea
Date: Sunday, June 29, 2008, 9:17 PM
On the GLG wildlife areas can be found two closely related and very
similar appearing shrubs, Ceanothus herbaceus (which we call Redroot)
and Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey tea). Adding to the confusion are
the common names used in the various reference materials. Some use our
chosen common names interchangeably and some call both species New
Jersey tea. However you want to name them, there are two distinct
species found on the local prairies and barrens.
So how do we tell them apart? Well, in Burnett County the easiest
method may be to look at a calendar! :)
The earlier plant, Redroot (C.herbaceus) blooms in June and is usually
done blooming before New Jersey tea (C.americanus) blooms in July and
There are noticeable differences between the two low-growing shrubs.
Look closely at the flowering stalks (peduncles). On Redroot they
start from the ends of current-season branches. The peduncles of New
Jersey tea arise from leaf axils (where the leaves meet the stem).
There is also a difference in leaf shape, those of Redroot being
proportionately narrower (width vs. length).