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July Wildflowers in Ohio.

July 28, 2012

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!

37 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2012 6:44 pm

    Wow! A great collection of wildflower photos, Tracy. Thanks for sharing.

  2. John Northcutt Young permalink
    July 28, 2012 7:22 pm


  3. July 28, 2012 7:25 pm

    Wonderful post, chock full of great photos and info!

  4. July 28, 2012 9:59 pm

    Great collection. I knew most of them, but several were new to me. The one you’ve labelled whorled loosestrife is rather fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata). We have both where I live, plus a few more.

  5. Jo Woolf permalink
    July 29, 2012 3:41 am

    Beautiful! So many of our wild flowers have suffered this year, because of the harsh weather. Really nice to see such a varied collection!

  6. July 29, 2012 6:30 am

    Wow, what a big collection. Most are found here, too … thanks for naming them for me.

  7. July 29, 2012 11:48 am

    Great set of pictures.

  8. July 29, 2012 2:41 pm

    I have such a soft spot in my heart for chicory–it always brings memories of relaxed summer days.

  9. keekeepod permalink
    July 29, 2012 6:27 pm

    Aha. Greater ragweed! I was deciding whether I should remove an unknown plant. Now I know. Thanks.

  10. July 29, 2012 7:38 pm

    Autumn really isn’t that far off. You never cease to amaze me with your knowledge of plant identities–and your patience in loading them on your blog! I enjoy seeing them. Some I’ve found in my own yard, some I haven’t seen since I lived in W.Va., and some I’ve never seen. Always a treat!

  11. July 29, 2012 8:42 pm

    you are surrounded by so much beauty – great photos of flora! I don’t want summer to end 😦

  12. July 30, 2012 8:13 am

    I’ve seen most of them here but not all. I keep hoping to find some teasel and cardinal flowers, but haven’t seen any yet.

    • July 30, 2012 9:01 am

      We have lots of Teasel to spare here in Ohio! Certain fields are full of it. The Cardinal Flower photographed here is a descendant of seeds taken from the last prairie remnants in Ohio (pioneer cemeteries, old railroad areas that were never touched) 20-30 years ago and re-sown in fields where prairies once were (and are back again). The Metro Park system here has made serious efforts to re-create the Darby Plains ecosystem that pre-dated the pioneer days, which is really cool.

  13. July 30, 2012 5:06 pm

    What a delightful bouquet of beauty. 🙂

  14. July 30, 2012 6:42 pm

    taking the words from the last comment “A delightful bouquet” indeed. There is so much beauty all around us but we so often fail to stop and smell the roses.

    thank you for the lovely pictures 🙂

  15. July 31, 2012 7:42 am

    Hi. Quite an assembly. I like the Fringed Loosestrife… it grows down by the lakeshore where we are. I love the name ‘Teasel’. Jane

  16. July 31, 2012 8:09 am

    Beautiful. I’ll have to remember to return next winter! Thanks, Ellen

  17. July 31, 2012 12:15 pm

    W.S…Great pictures…and you are right fall is not far away…in Minnesota, I would say, “Slow down.”…here in Arkansas, I want it to come…111 degrees yesterday and today…its been over 100 or near to that for weeks now…and a few weeks more…so though I love all these summer flowers…fall is welcome here…(at 70 though, I don’t wish my life away…so I can wait, and will enjoy everyday) thanks again…you make my day whenever I visit…

    • August 1, 2012 2:06 pm

      111 degrees? Now THAT is hot, Jim! We’ve been up to 100 here this summer, but not quite that hot!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  18. July 31, 2012 11:12 pm

    My, what a collection of summer flowers! I was a bit surprised to be familiar with most of them, but there several beauties in the group that we don’t have here.

  19. August 3, 2012 11:20 pm

    Thanks for the comments everyone!

  20. August 4, 2012 8:45 am

    “Believe it or not, autumn is not that far off!” I had the same thought here in Texas the other day when I began to see some fall-blooming species of native plants getting ready to do their thing—or in some cases already doing it.

    Steve Schwartzman

  21. August 9, 2012 1:39 pm

    Coming to your blog I always see plants I’ve encountered here in North Central Pennsylvania, but didn’t know the proper names for. When I was growing up, they were all ‘weeds’… LOL

    • August 10, 2012 8:35 pm

      They’re usually called ‘weeds’ here too, Robin! 🙂 Thinking of them as flowers makes me more curious about them, I think.

  22. Alli permalink
    August 15, 2013 8:46 pm

    These are really beautiful! The cardinal flower photo is actually royal catchfly, though. I searched for “guara” on google hoping to see if that’s what I actually saw. And I did. Thanks for helping. 😉

  23. DeeKa permalink
    July 26, 2017 6:25 pm

    This is awesome! I take pics of my small dog in flowers and came here looking to identify one (canada thistle). I discovered that I don’t know nearly as many flowers as I thought! Thanks for the amazing resource!

  24. Dennis & Lana permalink
    July 7, 2019 6:36 pm

    I loved finding this guide to our Ohio Wildflowers!

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