Late summer brings about another change in the wildflowers to be seen here in Ohio. Early autumn is the last hurrah of plants before the cold season sets in.
August ushers in a variety of colorful plants.
Various sunflowers (generally lumped under their genus name Helianthus) grace wood edges
Coneflowers, such as this Green-Headed Coneflower, are also notable
Wingstem is prominent along paths in woods and in shaded clearings
Evening Primrose makes its seasonal appearance in waste spaces
Great Lobelia can be seen in shaded areas
Thistles stand out with their colorful flower heads surrounded by spines
Ironweed, tall and purple, is a stand-out plant
Lady’s Thumb, also known as Knotweed, is a prominent ‘weed’
Ragweed- the source of many allergies
As the year advances into early autumn, September brings with it other bursts of color to add to the mix.
Snakeroot can be found along paths in the woods and wood edges
Thoroughwort looks somewhat like a white version of Ironweed
Jerusalem Artichoke is a late sunflower, very tall and noticeable in prairie areas and brushy wood borders
Meanwhile, in the woods, some hidden wildflowers bloom- many understated, although not all are that way.
Wood Nettle has barely-noticeable green blooms along its stems
Jumpseed has curious small white blooms along its stems- other types of plants like this are Lopseed and Enchanter’s Nightshade
Jewelweed, with its orange and yellow exotic blooms, bring the most color to woodlands this season
Leafcup has very understated pale yellow blossoms nearly hidden by large ragged leaves
Joepyeweed can be found both in the woods and near its edges, attracting many birds
Finally, September sees the massive presence of two widespread types of wildflowers that almost define autumn.
Goldenrod is very abundant in fields- see more here
Asters are also abundant- much more can be seen here
Early autumn’s wildflowers linger into October and then dwindle as winter’s shorter days and colder temperatures signal the end of another growing year. We’ll be happy to see wildflowers return once more next spring.