Wildflowers forum: North American Wildflowers 2016

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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Mar 21, 2016 6:34 PM CST
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Since we're already into March, I thought it might be time to begin a 2016 thread. Whistling

Welcome to all who love wildflowers! Welcome!
Please join us in our appreciation and feel free to post photos or comments. Photos don't have to be of wildflowers growing in your yard, they can be from anywhere.

We came from here:
The thread "SE USA wildflowers, 2015" in Wildflowers forum

I changed the thread to include all of the North American continent instead of just the SE USA, so we don't exclude our northern, central or western wildflower aficionados.

The photo above is of Goldfinches on Rumex acetosella otherwise known as Red Sorrel. There are 9 Goldfinches on the Rumex stems in the photo. Can you find them all? The small seed eating birds go crazy around this time of year eating the ripened seed of these plants.

Here is the plant in our database:
Red Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Mar 21, 2016 7:27 PM CST
I took these pictures Saturday.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 21, 2016 7:42 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Jay!
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Mar 21, 2016 9:34 PM CST

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Excellent Idea to have a new thread. Smiling
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Mar 22, 2016 7:14 AM CST

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Thank you for the new thread, Ann. Smiling

Jay, those are pretty spider lilies. Someone gave me one about five years ago. I've had it in a pot all this time but it's never flowered.

Flowering white clover
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and redbud.
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Mar 22, 2016 7:15 AM CST
Spider lilies grow as wildflowers down south.
I did not know that! Thanks for sharing the pictures.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Mar 22, 2016 7:18 AM CST
Is white clover a native there or has it been introduced?
Name: Christine
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Mar 22, 2016 7:23 AM CST

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I think white clover is a native.

edit: Okay, I thought it was a native but I just checked and it's from Europe and Asia, so it is Introduced.

Good call, Caroline.
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Name: Christine
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Mar 23, 2016 3:50 PM CST

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Here's a few wildflowers I spotted today.

This flower is known as Crow Poison, Nothoscordum bivalve. Not sure why.

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Fleabane

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And to this day, I do not know the name of this one. It usually shows up in spring and in fall. Does anyone know? If not, it's time to go see if I can get an ID. It seems to do better in years with more rain.








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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 23, 2016 6:23 PM CST
I love all those Christine!
The no id one sure is cute. I hope you can get an id on it.
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Mar 28, 2016 5:20 PM CST

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Though I'd let y'all know that I got an ID on that unknown wildflower. Thank you Janet! Hurray!

Clammy Hedgehyssop (Gratiola neglecta)
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Name: Christine
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Mar 28, 2016 5:24 PM CST

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A couple more flowers...

Toadflax, toadflax with spiders.

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Blue eyed grass
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Coral honeysuckle
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May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 28, 2016 5:58 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Christine!

It seems I've seen that Clammy Hedgehyssop around here. I'll have to keep my eyes pealed for it. Ha! I'll see it one day & then not be able to remember where/how I learned what it is. Whistling
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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GrammaChar
Apr 5, 2016 9:41 AM CST
I never get tired of looking at photos of wildflowers. Christine, that photo of toadflax with the baby spiders is amazing!!!
The Indian Blankets are just starting to bloom here. I love spring!

"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt". Margaret Atwood
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Apr 5, 2016 12:14 PM CST

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Pretty. Is your butterfly and American Beauty? Somehow I mix up those and Painted Ladies.

GrammaChar, funny about those spiders, I thought they were some kind of eggs and when I started taking pictures, they started to move. One of my favorite things about taking pictures is I can get a much closer look at things. Hilarious!

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May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: John Marquis
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Wayfinder_73
Apr 11, 2016 2:34 PM CST
One of my favorite California natives is now in full bloom in my garden: spider lupine (Lupinus benthamii), with its tall inflorescence and spindly leaves. Here it is growing mixed with blunt-leaved lupine (Lupinus truncatus, another CA native), an unusually sparse-flowered and shade-tolerant lupine with flowers that change from violet to magenta as they age.



Name: Christine
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Apr 11, 2016 3:15 PM CST

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Welcome! Hi Wayfinder. Those are so pretty! I love lupines.

Texas Bluebonnets are just now starting to bloom here in the northeast part of Texas.
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And Indian Paintbrush
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Oh, and this native spiderwort... not sure which one.
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Last but not least Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium reptans) Smiling
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May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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Apr 11, 2016 7:15 PM CST

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Gorgeous wildflowers, John and Christine Hurray!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Apr 11, 2016 8:45 PM CST
Welcome to ATP John! Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! What beautiful native lupines you have shown us!

Christine I love those bluebonnets and paintbrush! My spiderwort is going gonzo too. I really need to go out picture taking. That Jacob's Ladder is adorable. Great pic of it. Look at the pollen on the petals.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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GrammaChar
Apr 13, 2016 1:51 PM CST
Sadly the bluebonnets are starting to fade now. That's okay - more room for Indian Blankets. Lots of Poison Hemlock blooming along the river. I've heard that the way to identify it is by the red spots on the stem which are referred to as Socrates' Blood. Don't know if that's true or not - but it worked when the kids were little to keep them from picking the pretty flowers.


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