Blooming in December

Indian Strawberry (Potentilla indica) and Common Mallow (Malva neglecta) both have long blooming periods, and neither one is willing to give up just because of a few freezes. Here we find both blooming during a warm spell in the middle of December.

Above we see not only the mallow flower, but below and behind it one of the flattened round seedpods that give the plant another one of its common names, “cheeses.”

Meanwhile, the Indian Strawberries are not only blooming, but also fruiting. The fruits look delicious, but they’re flavorless.

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