Portraits of Wildflowers

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Horsemint per se

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You’ve seen photographs in which horsemints, Monarda citriodora, appeared as a group, but now it’s time to show you a closeup of an individual one so you can appreciate the complex structure of these pagoda-like flowers. Horsemint color varies quite a bit, from the saturated purple you saw in one group picture down to even paler shades than those that you saw in another group picture.

This photograph taken at Brodie Wild in south Austin dates from May 3, but even now, five weeks later, horsemints are still prominent in many places around central Texas. Lucky us.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 6, 2012 at 5:47 AM

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  1. Beautiful and delicate :). I don’t think I have ever seen these before. Great shot!


    June 6, 2012 at 5:59 AM

    • This species doesn’t grow as far north as Ontario, but I checked and found out that Monarda fistulosa, known as wild bergamot, does grow there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 6, 2012 at 6:17 AM

  2. Excellent shot! 🙂


    June 6, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    • As I recall, I sat on the ground next to the horsemint so that the camera would be at the same height as the flowers and I could shoot sideways.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 6, 2012 at 10:25 AM

  3. Lucky you indeed!!!


    June 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    • All the rest of you can share in the luck by making a visit to Texas, preferably in the spring or fall.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 6, 2012 at 2:44 PM

  4. Pagoda-like is a perfect descriptor. This is so complex and very lovely.

    Cindy Kilpatrick

    June 6, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    • When I first became acquainted with this species in 1999 I immediately thought of a pagoda, and the intervening years have done nothing to diminish that image.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 6, 2012 at 7:59 PM

  5. It’s like a whole little flower garden in itself!


    June 7, 2012 at 12:05 AM

  6. Its glory could have stopped at the fuzzy top and would still have been beautiful. However, it did not stop there and instead adorned itself with a crown as well! ~ Lynda


    June 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

  7. […] stalks two-thirds of the way down the left edge of the photograph and in the lower right corner are horsemints, Monarda citriodora. The branching brown plant near the right edge of the picture, likewise spent […]

  8. […] refresher on what this plant looks like when it’s busy being flowerful, you can flash back to an individual or a […]

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