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An even closer look and another name

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Old Plainsman Flowers by Prairie Verbena 8249

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I’ve been referring to Hymenopappus scabiosaeus as old plainsman, but another folksy name for the plant is woolly-white, which this closer view may explain. As was true two posts ago, the purple comes from flowers of prairie verbena, Glandularia bipinnatifida.

Date: April 12.  Place: the corner of Corral Ln. and I-35 in south Austin.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 20, 2013 at 1:22 PM

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  1. Good afternoon, Steve. I married Ariana Vincent (more to the point, she married grateful me) and you and I and your lovely wife met at a small reception at her house about a year ago. I would like to thank you sincerely for brightening my mornings (and occasionally my afternoons) with your beautiful photography, botanical information, and your sly sense of humor. I greatly appreciate the contribution your art makes to my life.
    Be well,

    Michael McIver

    April 20, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    • Hi, Michael. I’m glad that these bits of nature have been brightening your mornings (and occasionally afternoons). I don’t know whether my humor is sly, wry, or pie-in-the-sky, but thanks for appreciating it. Some of us have been around long enough that we feel and look like old plainsmen ourselves, even to the woolly-white topping.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 20, 2013 at 5:28 PM

  2. Very pretty


    April 20, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    • Thanks. I was out driving around today, so I can report that old plainsman and verbena were plentiful in many places.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM

  3. […] its long tails. For comparison, from the April 12th outing in south Austin that brought you several recent pictures of old plainsman, I can offer you this fresher Chioides catillus on a prairie verbena, Glandularia bipinnatifida. […]

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