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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Prairie Wildflowers and One with Killer Defense

A few new wildflowers popped.  On the left is a close-up of the bloom and on the right is a distance shot (pre-bloom.)

This is a Prairie Blazing Star, and they should be popping soon.  I found this early 'popper' on the creek peninsula. 

This one was near the path by the eastern bridge.  I believe it is a Spotted Knapweed - an invasive species.  This one was  small - less than a foot tall. It produces its own natural herbicide called "catechin" that kills the plants around it.
Lastly is a Prairie Dock.  It has HUGE leaves - a foot wide!  The leaves grow around the base, then a flowering stalk shoots up several feet (taller than me!) 

How do you like the side-by-sides?  Are they useful for helping to spot them on your own?  Do you like the lovely close-ups better?  Let me know!

Hope you enjoyed!

~ Robin

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful, informative post, Robin! I do like the side-by-sides as far as helping to identify the wildflower. Your images are lovely!


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