Invasives!

Purple Crown vetch-

Identifying this beauty with pretty easy with the two different flower colors. The leaves are pinnately compound and narrower towards the base and wider at the tip. Crown vetch is known to quickly take over habitat, so much so that it can cover 70-100 square feet in a four year period!

Source: https://www.invasive.org/weedcd/pdfs/wow/crown-vetch.pdf

Low Smartweed

The itty-bitty pink flower clusters with alternate, slender leaves lead us to the ID of low smartweed. Apparently, the plant is extremely spicy and can be used as a spice/seasoning for those whose tastebuds are more sophisticated than mine.

Source:http://www.eattheweeds.com/smartweed-natures-pepper-and-pharmacy/

Chicory

This ID was pretty easy after the Asteraceae quiz the other day! This lavender-colored ligulate flower with bristly hairs along the stem solidified that this was indeed, chicory! Chicory has been identified as a prebiotic as well as a laxative.

Source:https://www.drugs.com/npc/chicory.html

Callery Pear

Callery pear was identified by the cool brown, speckled drupes hanging from the small tree! The leaves are alternate and a little over 2 inches long. The wood is very hard, and can be used for making furniture/stools.

Source:https://practicalplants.org/wiki/Pyrus_calleryana