The start of the summer season means a gradual change in some of the plants seen here in central Ohio. Whereas May had plenty of Hawkweed, June is best represented by the Black-Eyed Susan. Here’s a roundup of wildflowers seen this past month.
Black -Eyed Susans are a sure sign of the summer season. These are a common prairie-style flower to be found in fields and along roadsides. They seem to tolerate dry areas well.
Fleabane is plentiful here in the early summer
Blackberry brambles are starting to produce berries as their blooms subside
Garlic is blooming now in both Wild and Field varieties
Day-Lilies are blooming along roadsides, having readily escaped from gardens
Field Bindweed can be seen along roadsides and along the edges of fields and even on lawns
Birds Foot Trefoil is a ground cover plant that can often be seen along summer roadsides
Indian Hemp tends to grow in colonies in fields
Common Mullein are easy to spot- a tall spike with yellow blooms
Moth Mullein is quite distinctive, looking like a garden escapee
There is a yellow variety of Moth Mullein as well
Milkweed- a favorite plant of many insects- is blooming in dry areas and fields now
One of my favorite flowers is Butterflyweed, a type of Milkweed. It can be seen in fields now
White Campion grows in waste areas and along greenways
Bladder Campion is a plump variant of the Campion family
Common Teasel is rather odd-shaped, but locally abundant in fields
Pokeweed has small white blooms that are replaced by berries later on
Curly Dock (in green or rust red) is growing in numbers in meadows
Black Mustard is replacing Winter Cress as the yellow Mustard plant of the summer season
Self Heal is a Mint family plant that can be found as ground cover
One can occasionally spot Mock Strawberry along greenways.
Other plants were around the previous month, but are now in greater quantities.
Queen Anne’s Lace
Poison Hemlock- already declining from last month
Spiny Leaved Sowthistle
Clovers- White, Alsike, and Red
The following wildflowers can be found along wood edges-
Jewelweed is a favorite of hummingbirds and bees with its distinctive colorful blooms- usually orange or yellow, though there is a fairly rare cream-colored variety
Motherwort can be found this month in shady areas- look for the blooms uniquely placed along the main stem
Whorled Loosestrife can also be spotted along wood edges.
In the woods, there is less blooming than there was in the spring.
White Avens is the common woodland bloom this month
Fire Pink can be found under the woodland canopy here and there
Here’s a summer sneak-peek at an abundant woodland plant barely starting to bloom- Wood Nettle. You’ll see next month that it isn’t the prettiest bloom, but it certainly is widespread!
In wet and aquatic environments, one can find-
Purple Loosestrife- a handsome but invasive species
Narrow-Leaved Mountain Mint
Lizard’s Tail- common along riverbanks
Water Willow- another common riverbank plant.
And last but not least, prairie plants are slowly but surely starting to bloom-
Ox Eye, a common sunflower-like plant, easily mistaken for Woodland Sunflower…for all I know, I’ve mistaken one for the other! This happens sometimes 🙂
Purple Coneflower- a very picturesque summer wildflower, sometimes cultivated in gardens
Coneflowers are just getting started…I believe this is a Green-Headed Coneflower, though Grey-Headed Coneflower is also a possibility
Wild White Indigo, a handsome early prairie bloom.
Wildflowers help one keep track of the flow of the seasons. Sometimes they can be a bit early or a bit late, but the grand mechanism of nature’s clockwork moves on and on. I’ll keep an eye out for new blooms in July.