What I Found On My Walk Down the Road: Hearts-a-bustin’

I’d never heard of or seen this wildflower until about a week ago, but apparently it can be found throughout the southern and eastern U.S. and as far north as eastern Canada.  We first saw it growing alongside our gravel road, and recently I took a walk to get a closer look.

Known also as Bursting Heart and as Strawberry Bush, the Euonymus americanus is a shrub that grows 4 to 6 feet tall.  Its seed capsule consists of four lobes, described as red but looking pink to me.  The capsule splits open in the autumn, revealing bright red berries, hence the name Bursting Heart.

 

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  1. cindy knoke says:

    Amazing! I have never seen this!

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    1. I can’t believe I’ve lived in this area most of my life and had never seen it either!

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  2. makingcamp says:

    They’re new to me too. I think you’ve captured their unique beauty.

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    1. Thank you. I had a difficult time getting close enough to take photos.

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  3. arlene says:

    I love those colors!

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  4. WoW! never heard of this flower before – so beautiful! thank you for sharing Deb:)

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    1. I just learned today that two of my friends have this growing in their gardens. And I had never seen it before!

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      1. Yikes! that’s awesome! it’s amazing how much there is to discover in our world:) x

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