September is the season where wildflowers get more colorful right before the trees get brighter colors of their own- the year is moving rapidly (too rapidly, some say) towards its conclusion. I’ll start off with this month’s prominent blooms, as usual:
This is the clear winner in the sheer numbers category!
Asters got off to a slower start than Goldenrod, but they’re blooming in large numbers now.
This plant is numerous along wood borders and treelines, it seems to like some shade. It showed up in smaller numbers in August, but there’s a lot of it blooming now, and some are already turning brown.
Very common in weedy places. It’s one of those plants that I never catch blooming and seems to go right to fuzzy seeds!
Queen Anne’s Lace
Along with Chicory, this abundant summer plant is still around, though browning and forming ‘birds nests’ more and more.
The Ragweeds are quite common, as hay fever sufferers know. Goldenrod gets the rap for pollen allergies, but Ragweeds are the usual culprits.
Colonies of this interesting plant like the shade of wood edges.
Generic Sunflowers are still around too. It’s often a headache to tell the specific species apart because they hybridize as well as look very similar to begin with.
Its cheerfully bright yellow bloom can still be found in prairies and fields.
The latest reliably blooming Coneflower species in the area. Gray-Headed, Green-Headed and Purple Coneflowers are mostly browning by this month.
The latest blooming sunflower that I typically see.
High on the list of my favorite autumn wildflowers.
Often browning by now, there’s still a good amount of richly-colored blooms left.
Birds like this plant’s seeds.
A lot of this is brown by now, but I still see the occasional bloom.
A handsome plant occasionally seen along greenways or wood edges.
Thoroughwort is an interesting autumn plant. I usually see it in dry fields. It may be confused with Boneset, but its leaves are narrow and not joined at the stem like Boneset, which likes moist soil anyways.
Still seen in wet areas.
Common last month, it’s mostly lost its blooms by the end of this month.
Less common than it was last summer, but still handsome.
This striking plant doesn’t mind early autumn.
This different wildflower is almost done blooming now.
This uncommon plant is fading, too. I’ve seen more of it seeding than blooming.
The last of the blooming wetlands plants, it is starting to seed and grow fuzzy.
This woodland plant is starting to fade. It had a rough year in drought conditions.
Another fading woodland plant. Note its hook-like blooms.
And there are still some of those familiar lawn-friendly plants around, in lesser numbers:
And to wrap things up, here’s a browning plant. Brown blooms are increasingly becoming more common in early autumn.
This Self-Heal is done blooming and is seeding now. My favorite late summer plant- Ironweed- shares the same fate. Fields and roadsides will show increasing amounts of this drab color in the coming months, as the warm weather becomes a sunny memory.