Summer Blooming Flowers 8-18-2013

I found some natives & weeds still blooming!!

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Hmmm. Got me. I was at a forest preserve, may be a weed….

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Lythrum salicaria – Purple loosestrife
Nasty, nasty invasive plant here.

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Asclepias incarnate – Swamp milkweed seed head

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Liatris pycnostachya – Prairie blazing star

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Ratibida pinnata – Grey Coneflower

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A note from the Prairie Wildflowers of Illinois website:

Comments: This plant can easily be identified because of the nodding habit of the flowers. The nodding umbels of flowers are an evolutionary  adaptation that tends to restrict insect visitors to bees. Other insects are more reluctant to hang upside down while attempting to feed on the nectar. The nodding habit also protects the nectar from rain.

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Huge thistle! Taller than me!

Thanks for visiting & keep on planting!
© Ilex Farrell ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

9 thoughts on “Summer Blooming Flowers 8-18-2013

  1. AWESOME!!! I see a lot of flowers driving down the highways and the back roads. I usually don’t have my camera, and some of the highways don’t have anywhere to pull off to take photos. I can’t just stop on the highway and get out and take photos!

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    • Thanks. I totally understand the urge to pull off the road, fire-up the hazards, and run off to take a photo!! I don’t consider myself a photographer, so I will post blurry, un-centered shots sometimes, knowing it is an elusive plant. =-) I think I will get a bumper sticker that says, “This crazy lady will stop unexpectedly for flowers!”

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