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Greenthreads blowing on the prairie

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Greenthread Colony with Prairie Verbena 1225

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Following up on the last post, here’s a closer look at some of the greenthreads, Thelesperma filifolium, as they were blown about by the breeze on the Blackland Prairie in Pflugerville on April 28 (I used a shutter speed of 1/500 sec.). The other wildflowers are prairie verbenas, Glandularia bipinnatifida. Twice while I was at this site parents came and posed their child in the enormous field of greenthreads of which this was only a tiny part.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 1, 2013 at 8:07 AM

May Day

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Greenthread and Firewheel Colonies 1248

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Today is May Day, two words, so I’m not in trouble. Anything but, florally speaking: the wildflowers seem to be approaching their peak in central Texas after a late start due to several spells of unseasonably cool weather this spring. Of course individual flowers have been out for months, as you’ve seen in many posts, but now it’s no longer rare to drive around Austin and see “vacant” lots with dense colonies of wildflowers across portions of them.

In today’s picture the yellow flowers are greenthread, Thelesperma filifolium, which has been having an excellent spring. You may recognize the red-centered flowers as Gaillardia pulchella, known as firewheels and Indian blankets. The spots of violet color are from prairie verbenas, Glandularia bipinnatifida.

I found this scene on April 28 along Grand Avenue Parkway just south of Picadilly Drive on the Blackland Prairie in Pflugerville, a town adjacent to the northeastern part of Austin. When I moved to Austin in 1976, Pflugerville had a population under one thousand; it has now grown to around 50,000. Good for Pflugerville, bad for the prairie, large parts of which have already become subdivisions. The property shown here, located next to a school on a main street, probably won’t hold out many more years.


Addition: Lynda of Life on the Farmlet wrote: “If you are on WordPress and write a post that includes the words may pole dance you will be inundated by many hits.” Let’s see what happens to my hits now that I’ve added those words.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 1, 2013 at 6:18 AM

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