Any other nature buffs out there that like to know what the wildflowers are along the trails? I took some photos this week of some of the late summer flowers in our area.
If I see something new I enjoy finding the name of the flower. If you have one you don't know what it is, post a photo. Maybe we can find out what it is.
This first one is Cardinal Flower. It grows along stream beds from August-September
This is Leavenworth Eryngo, its in the parsley family. I have always just called it purple thistle but its really not a thistle. I think its beautiful but the horses hate it. It must be picky on their legs when they walk near it.
Yep, that is the flower I mean. LOL We also get those small sunflowers out the wazoo every year. They even grow taller than I am on my horse but the whole head of them (petals and all) seldom gets bigger than a baseball.
Since Kansas is the sunflower state we get an abundance of the sunflowers as well. I'm amazed how many different varieties there are.
My personal favorite in the wild bunch is the Maximilian's. I don't have any photos of them, but they're the ones that have multiple flowers on the same stem.
Right now there's goldenrod, various asters, daisies, black-eyed susans, not too much this time of year. Here's one of our very earliest spring flowers though, it's called coltsfoot. The flowers are only about 1/2 an inch wde.
Summer flowers are hawkweeds, chickweeds, sorrel, violets, squirrel corn, buttercup, chicory--oh there's way to many to list.