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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Whorled Loosestrife

This pretty wildflower grows all along the edge of my yard-nodding it’s bright eyes at me every time I walk to the clothes line.

It is believed to take away strife, or debate between ye beasts, not onely those that are yoked together, but even those that are wild also, by making them tame and quiet…

Quote by: Neltje Blanchan Wild Flowers Worth Knowing 1917.

Maybe that’s why my yard seems so very peaceful.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.



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    August 16, 2011 at 9:52 am

    How pretty! I’ve never seen that before. One of the things I miss about living in the mountains….all the pretty wildflowers.

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    August 3, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Never heard of it but I like how pretty it looks and the story behind it. Thank you for the link too, I may need to look this up and get some.

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    Janet Smart
    August 2, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Very pretty! I hope it takes away all your strife.

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    Miss Cindy
    August 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    We are so blessed with lots of varieties of beautiful little flowers in our wonderful mountains!
    Thanks for the picture and the wisdom.

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    July 31, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    What a delightful plant this is…visually…and the benefits of it’s presence casting a calm and peaceful feeling about !
    Must be only up in the mountains, as have never seen or heard of in the lower South.
    One thing comes to mind with your post today, Tipper…You have a gift for “seeing” more than most people do…and then being so kind to share with all of your readers.
    Once again, Thank You for being a bright spot in our day!

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    July 31, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I love this plant and don’t think I ever knew what it is called. I agree with glynda…let’s plant these flowers worldwide!

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    Eva M. Wike, Ph.D.
    July 31, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Hey Tipper: That WHORLED LOOSESTRIFE is a new wildflower for me! However, I know about the PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE! It is a dreadfully invasive plant that causes millions of dollars damage to wetlands and other lands! You better not turn the purple loose on your land!!!
    Eva Nell

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    July 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Tipper, Love the flower, love the name of it and the quote you gave. Wish I had them around my yard. Thanks for sharing this with us. PS I baked your Aunt Pat’s apple pie that you posted a couple of years ago and it is delicious. I highly recommend it. Thanks for the recipe.

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    July 31, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    maybe we should rent a big long distance jet and do fly overs dropping these flowers all over our crazy world. peace by flowers. how wonderful that would be.

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    B f
    July 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    i wish my yard had some of those loosestrife plants , i never even seen or heard about them
    now if they work on stress i definitely need them
    id say they would sell for millons of dollars wouldnt you?

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    Elizabeth K
    July 31, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Ah, flower magic dancing in your garden! A lovely flower to have around one’s home!

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    July 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    That’s a pretty flower. We certainly need something to give us a peaceful feeling with all the mess going on in our country.

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    July 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    My garden has been invaded by lots of purple loosestrife this spring/summer. Friends say my place is peaceful and relaxing. Maybe it is the loosestrife working and I should quit being so OCD about removing it!

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    Jim Casada
    July 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Tipper–Peaceful I’ll readily buy, Had you added “quiet” I do believe I’d have to differ with you, at least when the girls are around. One of Daddy’s favorite sayings was “why he’d talk the ears off a Georgia mule,” and he also was partial to “that fellow’s got a tongue that wags at both ends.”
    I must confess that both were periodically applied to yours truly, but I’ve spent enough time around Chitter and Chatter to realize that I’m a mere piker in the conversational or loquacity sweepstakes. Those two take the cake, and to think their mom is so quiet!
    Jim Casada

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    Don Casada
    July 31, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I’ve never seen whorled loosestrife with leaves twisted up like that. They’re normally (in my experience) in an array of four five leaves that are pretty well evenly distributed circumferentially, and accompanied by as many blooms as leaves.
    Thank you for the wildflowers worth knowing link – that is really nice, and has been placed among my browser’s bookmarks.
    Re: your yard seeming so peaceful – while there is no doubt that wildflowers bring a sense of serenity, I’m going to venture that in this case, it’s more from the sweet and gentle lady that’s going out to the clothesline.
    The only time I’ve ever seen her remotely approaching anything other than peaceful was when confronted with possible fishing violations.

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    July 31, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I adore your blog and learning about this area of North Carolina!
    I recently moved here from another state and I will be following all of your posts!
    They are all so interesting.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Smiles, Cyndi

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    July 31, 2011 at 11:42 am

    what a pretty little flower!

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    July 31, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Tipper – This one will crank everyone up. Silent wildflowers…..beautiful.

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    Sheryl Paul
    July 31, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I love plant lore. I’m going to plant some in my yard if I don’t already have them. Checking.

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    B. Ruth
    July 31, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I am sure somewhere on this place there is some Loosestrife…..
    ..amongst all these weeds…
    All kidding aside I love all flowers including a flower that has been banned as a noxious weed…well, except may for the English Ivy…but wait I still love it too in the right place and I can’t remember seeing a flower on it…
    I love the quote…if it is true I need to transplant some Loosestrfe in my yard…My yard is all full of groans and moans and wheezes and sneezes from the heat…my plants faint daily…
    It seems that even the trees are hanging their wilting heads that where in the Spring heaven high…..Great Post as always,
    Thanks Tipper,

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