Prairie ragwort…

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A wild plant in the aster family.

American Bluehearts (Buchnera americana)…

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One of the first wildflowers to come out in the Spring.

State tree…

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The Redbuds are the State tree of Oklahoma. In the past week or so, they have been really putting on a show.

Poison Ivy vine…

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The air roots on this large vine give it a really hairy appearance. I didn’t know poison ivy vines got so large until I did a little research on what these were.

Exploded tree…

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When a tree is struck by lightning, the moisture inside is instantly turned to steam. This creates enormous pressure which can cause the tree to burst apart like a firecracker.

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)…

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The red clover is bursting out and dragging Spring along with it. This plant has many reported health benefits, including constipation, burns, cancers, ulcers,  sedation, asthma, and improved blood circulation. It is used in some herbal teas. Many farmers use it as a forage crop in Oklahoma.

Cockscomb (Celosia)…

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A friend gave us these dried Cockscomb flowers to use the seeds for planting this annual. It’s also known as Rooster Comb, Brain Celosia, or in its native East Africa the Swahili name is mfungu. I hope to have some nice flower shots later this year.

Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans)…

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Another sign that Spring is near…this green rosette in a sea of brown leaves. I know it’s a weed, but in summer, thistles produce one of my favorite wild flowers.

Sign of Spring…

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This Cedar seedling poking up from the leaves gives hope that Spring may be just around the corner.

Flowers of the Hoya plant…

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It’s always great when the tropical Hoya plant comes into bloom. The tiny wax-like flowers have a wonderful fragrance.

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