Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
~ GK Chesterton

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Nature Walk Find

A recent nature walk turned up something I've never noticed.

These white, papery balls feel so delicate. There's a seed inside, attached to the stem at the top of the papery ball. I'm not sure why I've never noticed this plant, in the almost-decade we've lived here!

I have not been able to identify them with certainty. If Lynda pops by, hopefully she can help me.


  1. :o) I often see seed heads like this on members of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family. Try looking up Chinese lantern plant. If it is not that one, I'd search other nightshade species. Good luck!

    1. Excellent! Thank you!

      I looked it up and I am not sure why I haven't noticed that brilliantly colored fruit earlier in the season. But, from the photos, I can certainly recognize that leaf as being a nightshade. I looks like other nightshade plants' leaves. And in the photos showing when the papery part is green, it looks a lot like a tomatillo!

      The nightshade family is very diverse!

      Thank you for solving the riddle!