It’s tough to stay alive in the winter. Foxtail Grass on Marshall Street in Philadelphia.
A discarded car bumper becomes an impromptu shelter for Pokeweed (Phytolacca) in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia.
Leaf size of a young Princess Tree beside a decaying warehouse in Fishtown, Philadelphia; they’re beasts.
It can be tough out there. This is a close-up of a once-healthy Redroot Pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus) that is now being eaten by firefly-esc insects (I can see at least 4 of them in the shot, chewing on the leaves) and also being strangled out by an aggressive Morning Glory (Convolvulaceae). The Morning Glory is wrapping itself around the Pigweed while also staking claim to the sunlight with comparatively large, quick-growing leaves. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen both attackers working on Pigweed in the area, and maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise; the leaves are edible by humans, so certainly insects would like them as well, and this time of year the Morning Glory is really in it’s prime, covering entire fences, and anything else (including other species) it can get itself around. Survival of the fittest, always, in the weed world.
A fruit & vegetable garden on top of a pharmacy’s awning is a great way of making the most of limited outdoor space in an urban environment. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia.
Support your neighborhood weeds (in this case, with a string). I believe this is Horseweed (Conyza canadensis). Seen in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia.
This Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) has taken up residence on Frankford Ave, at the edge of Philadelphia’s Fishtown. Very sharp to the touch, it seems to horde street trash, such as cigarette butts, a paper towel, a takeout container lid, and a bottle cap, as seen here.