Episode 15: Phenology Throwdown for June 2018


Phenology-wise there is more happening in late spring than we have time to mention. Daniel shares some highlights. First, the state flower of Idaho is in bloom. We call it syringa here, which is another name for lilac, but elsewhere it is known as mock orange on account of it being so similarly scented to citrus blossoms. Bollock’s orioles are in the area. They seem to be particularly attracted to the nectar-rich flowers of kniphofia (a.k.a. red hot poker). And speaking of attraction, Jupiter’s beard (now in full bloom) is a great place to look if you are itching to see a western tiger swallowtail.

syringa (Philadelphus lewisii)
red hot poker (Kniphofia sp.)
Jupiter’s beard (Centranthus ruber)

Casey has less to say about what’s in bloom and more to say about what there is too eat. Most fruits aren’t ripe yet, but there are lots of other plant parts ready to harvest. As the season progresses, more edible fruits and seeds will make themselves available. That being said, Casey makes what might be a controversial assertion regarding the term “vegetable.”


This episode aired on Radio Boise in June 2018 and featured music by Toy Zoo.

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