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Silverpuff of the type that flares out at the tip of its elongated flower head

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Silverpuff Flower Head Opening 9281

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But some varieties of silverpuff do let their white rays curve outward from the tip of the flower head to expose the disk flowers within. Here you see what was obviously a close encounter of that second kind. Like the previous photograph of a constricted Chaptalia flower head, this one came from a February 24th session at Pat and Dale Bulla’s native plant playground.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 7, 2013 at 3:15 PM

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  1. PRETTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!! I think that I have a thing for waiting and watching the enchantment that I feel when I watch things creating, like the flower buds.


    March 8, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    • What’s interesting is that the type of silverpuff flower head that stays closed will stay closed; it doesn’t seem to have it within its DNA to open, and no amount of waiting will do the trick. And then there’s this kind, which somehow has no problem opening. In any case, I’m glad this picture does it for you, as it does for me, too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 8, 2013 at 8:30 PM

  2. See now I would have never imagined what this thing looks like from the side, very interesting flower. 🙂


    March 5, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    • As you’ve seen, over time I often show a species from different angles or in different stages of development. All those different aspects somehow describe the same thing.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 5, 2015 at 7:12 PM

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