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November Wildflowers in Ohio.

November 24, 2012

And here at the threshold of winter, our wildflower survey comes to a close, with a smattering of hardy blooms standing out in a sea of brown and tan foliage.

Frost is occurring regularly now.  Some plants are more sheltered from this due to their unique locations, or perhaps they are near such heat sinks as rivers, which may preserve them for a time.

This doesn’t mean that the occasional bloom won’t survive into next month.  But these are stragglers, as November brings the growing season to a close.  After this, the end of February would be the earliest to see expected blooms next year in central Ohio.  And then the growing season will start once more.

November has more Asters still blooming than other wildflowers, from what I’ve seen.  And there’s the occasional patch of Goldenrod that isn’t brown or fuzzy yet.  Other blooms stand out as surprising when you see them, since they’re fairly rare by now.  Overall, when it’s all said and done, it’s time for the seeds to disperse from former blooms and to sow next year’s future wildflowers.

Asters

Goldenrod

Queen Anne’s Lace

Chicory

Black Eyed Susan

Helianthus

Gray Headed Coneflower

Three Lobed Coneflower

Sowthistle

Fleabane

Thistle

Yarrow

White Clover

Dandelion

Next year’s growing season will come quicker than you think- or so I hope!

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2012 12:38 am

    You still do have blossoms this month! Here, they are nearly all gone now although I did see a tiny aster still blooming right next to the river.

    • November 25, 2012 1:24 am

      It just snowed here for the first time (hardly any accumulation though), the weather’s been warmer than normal until the day after Thanksgiving when winter visited- I like seeing the flowers hanging on, not ready to give up quite yet!

  2. November 25, 2012 7:21 am

    It’s amazing how resilient these flowers are!

  3. November 25, 2012 8:09 am

    I lived just south of Dayton from second through 6th grade–not long for an adult, but a good part of “childhood,” and fell in love with gardening there…,because of the chicory. Thank you for the beautiful reminder, and peace to you and the flowers this winter.

  4. November 25, 2012 8:33 am

    Few wildflowers remain here in the mountains of Virginia. One of the last to go was knapweed, which bloomed all summer and was extremely popular with our honey bees. We collected our first batch of honey this summer and I’m sure knapweed nectar played a prominent role!

  5. November 25, 2012 9:27 am

    Tracy, you certainly have a talent for capturing great images of wildflowers. This is another great series. 🙂

  6. November 25, 2012 11:04 am

    A lovely photo of clover, so often overlooked. The snow yesterday seemed to take out the last of the flowers here – I have a few frozen buds and lots of seedheads. Thanks for the tour of the last of the season’s flowers, Tracy.

  7. November 25, 2012 7:05 pm

    Wonderful captures of these wildflowers. They’re always a help to identify what I find around here.

  8. November 27, 2012 6:28 am

    I saw a dandelion blooming the other day, but it’s just about over here for this year.

  9. November 28, 2012 8:58 am

    At Thanksgiving, we had one lone pink wildflower (yarrow, perhaps–not the naturalist that you are) which disappeared after the temperatures dropped.

    • December 1, 2012 8:59 am

      Those last blooms really catch our eye, don’t they? Think of the seeds that it made and look for it again next year 🙂

  10. December 21, 2012 12:24 am

    Of these flowers, I love the ones which have a particular bloom in the middle such as the Black Eyed Susan as well as the Fleabane.

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