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.

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.

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.

Why is this Dandelion coming out in November?

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The term Dandelion is taken from the French “dent-de-lion”, which means “lion’s tooth”, because of the jagged edges of the leaves. An English folk name for this plant is “piss-a-bed” , because of the strong diuretic effect of it’s roots. The Brits are very subtle. Anyway, I thought this was a Spring and Summer weed here.

Chicory (Cichorium intybus)…

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Common chicory is also known as blue sailorssuccory, and coffeeweed. I found this growing in the lake area.

Hoya carnosa…

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Also known as waxplant, waxvine, waxflower or simply hoya. For whatever reason, the last time this particular plant had a flower on it was in the 1980’s. Connie has been waiting patiently for this day. I wonder if it is the extremely hot summer that spurred it on. The blooms have a very strong pleasing fragrance.

Petunia…

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Oddly, the petunia is closely related to tobacco and tomato plants.

 

Red Spider Lily (Lycoris radiata)…

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Mr. Don Hutton pointed me to this bloom behind the golf course clubhouse. The bulb must have been planted many years ago by someone who once owned a house there. This lily variety originated in China and is only propagated here by bulbs. The flowers pop up suddenly in late September or early October. The bulbs are deadly poisonous if ingested, and these flowers are widely associated with death in Japan and China (often used in funerals).

Aster…

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A nice fall blooming wildflower.