Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Wildflower Wednesday--The Usual Suspects
At this point in the season, the prairie plants native to my corner of Illinois are in various stages of setting seed. Grasses like big and little bluestem and prairie dropseed are in their full glory (and I'm sorry I don't have my little bluestem and prairie dropseed pictured here; I blame the massive storms that hit late yesterday and interrupted my blog photography).
The inflorescences--grasses' version of flowers--are at their peak. Coneflowers, Joe-Pye weed and coreopsis have finished (or are almost finished) flowering. The prairie is in the later stages of its zenith and is full of textures.
The wildflowers that are still in bloom here are the usual suspects for this region: goldenrods and asters. My elm-leaved goldenrods are short, but they're blooming so brightly you can see them from the street. (These pictures were not taken at night, just in the gloom before an impending storm.)
The zig-zag goldenrod is already showing spent flowers and hints of seeds...
...much like the big-leaved aster, which bloomed a lot longer this year than last year.
And my smooth blue asters have made a remarkable comeback this year after some mildew issues last year.
They are a beautiful send-off to a hot, droughty, occasionally soggy, and very vibrant summer!
Wildflower Wednesday is brought to you by Gail of Clay and Limestone--go visit to see more beautiful native plants!