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
This has been an easy wildflower to identify, but soon keep an eye out for white asters blooming- they look superficially similar.
White, Alsike & Red Clover
These big spikes really stand out in fields and along roadsides.
St. John’s Wort
A rather popular herbal remedy.
Here are some mature summer wildflowers:
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.
Always good to see this cheerful yellow bloom in waste areas.
Wild Potato Vine
This plant’s big ragged leaves are often spotted along wood edges.
This distinctive plant is just starting to bloom.
Prairie wildflowers are starting to flourish this month:
Grey Headed Coneflower
These bright yellow sunflowers really stand out.
This prairie plant can get up to 9 feet tall.
Perhaps the brightest-colored prairie plant I’ve seen- beautiful.
Here’s a little peek at things to come:
New England Aster
Believe it or not, autumn is not that far off!