I woke early this morning and it was so beautiful out, I took the camera after feeding dogs, cats, and birds. I decided to walk down to the bottom of the driveway to check out a patch of blue flowers I had spotted the day before while bringing up the trash bin. On the way, I noticed a plant I have not seen before–the one to the right of the common hedge parsley.
It took a while to discover the identity of valerianella, common name “beaked cornsalad” according to the USDA natural resources conservation service. It can grow 6-15 inches high, and has stems and branches that are divided in Ys. The leaves are opposite each other and the tiny white flowers are clustered at the stem tip. It is native to the US and ranges from Texas to Florida, and from the Gulf coast to Illinois and across to New Jersey.
The stems and branches creating the Y is more visible in the photographs below.
This stuff is found all over the place around here. Native only to British Columbia in North America, it was introduced and has spread widely. The only place it is listed as an obnoxious weed is Washington state, across the border from its home.