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Snow still on the prairie

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Someone driving around on the east side of Austin in the first part of October can still expect to see stands of snow-on-the-prairie, Euphorbia bicolor, a species that begins putting on its green and white display in August. I found this one (which might be called tricolor if you add the red of its stems) with plenty of goldenrod behind it on October 5 inside the V formed by Montopolis Dr. and Grove Blvd. in east Austin. The dark spots in the background are dried seed heads of sunflowers, Helianthus annuus, and the little bits of pink are flowers of prairie agalinis, Agalinis heterophylla. I was taken with this scene because of its visual density and its mix of colors.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 17, 2012 at 6:17 AM

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