Helianthus by night

In my last post, I rambled on about my helianthus giganteus, or giant sunflower, and how large and flamboyant it is.

I wanted to show you what this perennial looks like at night. It transforms the front of the house into a mysterious, tropical jungle.

IMG_2333The foliage looks awesome when I turn on the outside light. But it gets better! Hanging out in the leaves is a tiny  frog.


I am usually pretty good at identifying wildlife, or at least looking stuff up, but this one has me stumped. It doesn’t look like a grey tree frog, but I think that must be what it is.

IMG_2342Here’s a closer look. It’s obviously an arboreal frog, and RI only has two of those: grey tree frogs and spring peepers.

Please let me know what you think.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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9 Responses to Helianthus by night

  1. What a gorgeous plant! I will have to look for it here. And I have no idea what type that little critter is, but s/he sure is cute!


  2. Kathy says:

    I’m not an amphibian expert by any means, but I think your little guy is a spring peeper due to his coloration and the “cross” on his back. Most of the grey tree frogs I’ve seen are lime green when young, but I could be wrong! Anyway it’s so cool that you spotted him on your plants 🙂


  3. CJ Wright says:

    I don’t have a clue about what kind of frog it is, but I think I have a crush on him. 🙂 I love all the little critters.


  4. GardenPest says:

    dark and mysterious is your plant – interesting to see how a plant’s personality is influenced by light…..


  5. Diana Studer says:

    one day I hope to see an arum frog. They are supposed to live IN the white flowers.


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