Instead of forest floors carpeted by picturesque arrays of trout lily or bloodroot, we have dense and oppressive monocultures of the ubiquitous garlic mustard, smartweed, Asiatic dayflower
and Japanese stilt grass.
Alien plants such as porcelainberry (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata), mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) and Asiatic dayflower
(Commelina communis) have run rampant in meadows throughout the city, making it virtually impossible for native species to keep a toe-hold.
Also known as Asiatic dayflower, since it originates in the Orient and its blooms last but a single day, the floral splendor of this ground cover is evident from summer until fall.
The Asiatic dayflower is considered a weed because of its tendency to appear suddenly as an unwanted guest, unannounced and unplanted, in moist flower beds.
Who knew that over the course of six weeks my three-year-old son and I would begin chomping on dandelions and asiatic dayflowers
and drying peppergrass to sprinkle on our salad?