Wildflowers forum: A walk through Queen Anne's Laceland

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jmorth
Aug 1, 2016 4:43 PM CST
Took a walk yesterday down to the South Fork River in central Illinois. There were rough trails to follow to give access to some oil wells situated there. This wild area supports a healthy population of wildflowers, especially Queen Anne's Lace. Additionally, noted a fair amount of blackberries, elderberries, chicory, goldenrod, wild grape vines, ragweed, fleabane, and milkweed.

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Queen Anne's Lace
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Pink flavored lace included - Thumb of 2016-08-01/jmorth/b276f2 Thumb of 2016-08-01/jmorth/ce145c Thumb of 2016-08-01/jmorth/465a64


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Other wilds -
Thumb of 2016-08-01/jmorth/4b9590 < clover < berries < elderberries

Milkweed > Thumb of 2016-08-01/jmorth/5e6c7e Grape vine > Thumb of 2016-08-01/jmorth/eb8d8b


Flybys - Thumb of 2016-08-01/jmorth/736c34 < Moth Thumb of 2016-08-01/jmorth/e348a3 < Buckeye

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
Aug 1, 2016 9:30 PM CST

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That is very pretty J, thank you for posting. Smiling
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mellielong
Aug 6, 2016 10:22 PM CST
Nothing like a nice walk through nature. Thumbs up
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MariposaMaid
Aug 8, 2016 7:32 AM CST
Jmorth, thanks once again for the flashbacks your photos elicit in me of my childhood stomping grounds. I can feel the air, hear the insect sounds, and the intense activity when one gets upclose, how the grasshoppers never seem to collide with anything though they don't always stick their landings.

I have access to a similar natural area here with the same plants you have noted, though the feel is different to me. Here in the coastal Mid Atlantic on our hot humid days of summer there seems to be almost a daily pause when almost all activity ceases (even the ants aren't out!) which I don't remember from growing up there.

If you can tell me more about the dark stemmed milkweed you pictured, I would appreciate it.
central Illinois
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jmorth
Aug 8, 2016 10:29 AM CST
@MariposaMaid
I believe it is Asclepias syriaca...here's a link -
http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/weeds/plants/cm_milkweed...
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