It’s July and midsummer already, and late in the month we’re getting a hint of autumn flowers to come.  Prairies are blooming in force as well.  There are some familiar and some new plants this month.  There’s plenty of wildflowers out there to see!

This month’s most prominent flower is Queen Anne’s Lace.  It was off to a modest start this summer, but it is plentiful now, in fields and along roadsides.

Here’s more of what I’ve seen:


Black Eyed Susans

Common Teasel

Spiny-Leaved Sowthistle

Curly Dock

Field Bindweed


This has been an easy wildflower to identify, but soon keep an eye out for white asters blooming- they look superficially similar.

Ox-Eye Daisies



White, Alsike & Red Clover

Common Plantain

English Plantain

Birds-Foot Trefoil

Common Milkweed

Canada Thistle

Black Mustard

Purple Loosestrife


Self Heal

Orange Day-Lily

Fringed Loosestrife




Common Mullein

These big spikes really stand out in fields and along roadsides.

Moth Mullein

Wild Lettuce

St. John’s Wort

A rather popular herbal remedy.

Here are some mature summer wildflowers:

Lady’s Thumb

Very distinctive blooms!

Downy False Foxglove

Swamp Rose Mallow

I’ve seen this growing along the Scioto River- the blooms are quite large.


This is one of my favorites- love the rich color.

Evening Primrose

Always good to see this cheerful yellow bloom in waste areas.

Wild Potato Vine


Biennial Guara

Water Horehound

Garden Phlox

Blue Vervain

Leaf Cup

This plant’s big ragged leaves are often spotted along wood edges.


This distinctive plant is just starting to bloom.

Ox Eye

Prairie wildflowers are starting to flourish this month:

Grey Headed Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

Hairy Sunflower

These bright yellow sunflowers really stand out.

Whorled Rosinweed

This prairie plant can get up to 9 feet tall.

Wild Bergamot

Royal Catchfly

Perhaps the brightest-colored prairie plant I’ve seen- beautiful.

Blazing Star

Here’s a little peek at things to come:

Greater Ragweed

Lesser Ragweed

New England Aster


Believe it or not, autumn is not that far off!