Today after lunch I took a short hike to L.L. Bean (they were having a sale). On the way, I came across a plant with which I am unfamiliar.
As it turns out, this is Brown Knapweed (Centaurea jacea), and it is not native to North America. It was borrowed from Europe, and according to what I read about it, it is a highly aggressive invasive species. Maybe I should go pull it up tomorrow.
A few hundred feet later I came across something I have been looking for in New Hampshire for six years:
This is a plant I know well. It grew everywhere in Virginia, but until today, I had never seen it growing here in NH. I’ve seen it in Massachusetts, Upstate New York, and even in Vermont. But not here. What I found frustrating about that is that according to the USDA, it should be growing here. And now I know that it really is. I was beginning to have doubts!