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October Wildflowers in Ohio.

October 27, 2012

October is the beginning of the end of the wildflower season here in Ohio.  Those bright blooms of September are gradually fading to brown, which is becoming the predominant color of vegetation in the fields and woods.  It was a brief and glorious late colorful season, though there are still blooms to see- it’s not winter yet!

Asters are the predominant blooms now.

Goldenrod is plentiful, but much of it is browning- last month’s yellow fields are turning to gold and tan.

Queen Anne’s Lace is mostly brown, but some blooms remain.

Chicory is not done yet!

Evening Primrose is going to seed, but its cheerful yellow blooms still peek out here and there.

Lady’s Thumb can still be found blooming in patches.

Thoroughwort is still hanging in there.  I think of this wildflower as ‘white Ironweed’, it reminds me so much of that popular late summer bloom.

Snakeroot is more likely to have fuzzy seeds than blooms now.

Three-Lobed Coneflower

Black-Eyed Susan



Obedient Plant (notice some of it is seeding)

Great Lobelia

Fleabane can still be found here and there, though it’s easy to mistake it for Asters this season

Tickseed Sunflower

The lawn plants are less numerous than they were in the summer:


White Clover

Red Clover

Common Plantain

English Plantain

Wood Sorrel

In wetter areas:

Cattails are seeding

In wooded areas:

I’ve seen 2 or 3 different kinds of Nettles.

Here’s some pretty uncommon blooms spotted recently:


Garden Phlox


Ox Eye Daisy

Green Headed Coneflower

White Sweetclover




And, since I mentioned it earlier:

Ironweed is brown and fuzzy- most plants are heading in this direction soon!

28 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2012 12:03 am

    What a beautiful garden nature serves up!

  2. October 28, 2012 7:55 am

    I’ve been doing some late October flower hunting too. I haven’t found nearly as many as you have though.

    • October 28, 2012 2:54 pm

      The beginning of October started strong, but the end of the month has a smaller variety of blooms, for sure.

  3. October 28, 2012 8:39 am

    Makes me want to turn the clock back here in Wisconsin….Very nice!

  4. October 28, 2012 9:31 am

    Beautiful series of late wildflowers.

  5. October 28, 2012 1:39 pm

    What a great palette of flowers you have served us, Tracy! Many of these are still in bloom here or are in seed head stage. I’m still enjoying the lingering bloom of a mild fall.

    • October 28, 2012 3:03 pm

      Thanks Lynn- I’m glad the autumn included a normal amount of rain, unlike the dry summer!

  6. October 28, 2012 5:12 pm

    Beautiful, as always. I’ve been seeing many of these, it’s as if you’ve been walking with Kodiak and I. 🙂

    • October 28, 2012 6:45 pm

      The wildflower season is coming to a close once more, Robin! Something to look forward to in the spring 🙂

  7. October 28, 2012 5:28 pm

    Hi Tracy. All is brown here. Looking at your post feels like time-travel! There are a few goldenrods hanging on, but most everything else is snugged in for winter! jane

    • October 28, 2012 6:46 pm

      Jane, it’s getting browner by the day here- it won’t be long until we catch up with you!

  8. October 28, 2012 8:05 pm

    I love that last scene. What a great landscape. Thanks for sharing the flowers that we will remember until spring comes.

    • October 29, 2012 9:28 am

      That’s at the Honda Wetlands, Patti- it’s gradually getting ‘wetter’ there, hopefully it’ll be a normal spring!

  9. October 29, 2012 12:06 am

    Visitng your beautiful blog is like strolling through Mother Nature’s flower shop. I want to take all the beauties home with me. 🙂

  10. Jo Woolf permalink
    October 29, 2012 4:56 am

    A beautiful and fascinating array of plants.

  11. October 30, 2012 11:53 pm

    Amazing how much you still have blooming there!

    • October 31, 2012 10:06 am

      Those blooms are diminishing late in the month now, montucky, but October started off great!

  12. October 31, 2012 11:31 am

    What a pick-me-up for the fall season…thanks W.S…

  13. November 1, 2012 8:25 am

    Beautiful! Hope you haven’t been hit too hard by the extended hurricane…

    • November 3, 2012 12:44 pm

      Thanks Inger- we had 5 days of overcast skies and on-and-off-again rain here, the wind wasn’t as bad as expected either- we were fortunate.

  14. November 2, 2012 1:42 pm

    Love your pics. My wife and I, just retired, are enjoying many of the same views. As fellow nature lovers in Central Ohio we appreciate your efforts.

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