One species taken off the seed list

Canada wild rye
Canada wild rye

Re-examining this year’s seeds of Canada wild rye, I discovered that the seeds themselves had been eaten, by weevils or their ilk. and there was nothing but seed coats and chaff left. This happens with wild collected seed from time to time. After all, one reason we grow native plants is to provide food for insects. Although weevils on the desk in my office might not have become part of a food chain, insects eating plants is life unfolding as it should. We will try again next year.


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Trish Murphy

Artist: botanical, still life, and natural history illustration. Garden designer: native plants and naturalistic gardens