Thursday, September 27, 2007


I've found that it's a rare person around here who knows that hops is native to Iowa and grows commonly in open areas. Humulus lupulus is a species native from the midwest to New England; it is the same species as European hops used in beer making (though a different variety). The female plant that fruits, and the fruits themselves are called hops, with the fruits consisting of overlapping bracts as shown above. Hops is a rapidly growing, twining vine (technically a bine), and I see them frequently this time of year, absolutely covered with fruits; they are usually found at the edge of woods, or in brushy meadows, where they are mostly in sun but have small trees or large bushes to cling to.
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As Johnny Carson used to say, "I did not know that." Thanks for the informative post.
MMD... Glad you enjoyed it... keep an eye out for them this time of year, and I bet you'll run across some.

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