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Two colonies

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Texas Thistle Colony by Firewheel Colony 7793

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On May 17th, as I passed through the town of Liberty Hill on my way home from some hours of taking pictures (including the ones in the last few posts), I spotted this field of dense wildflowers and had to stop. You’ve seen some closeups of Texas thistles, Cirsium texanum, this spring, but here’s the first view of a colony of them.

The yellow-tipped red flowers, as you probably know from having heard it so many times here recently, are Gaillardia pulchella, called firewheels or Indian blankets. They certainly did a good job of blanketing the field, and they contrasted nicely with the thistles in height and color.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 11, 2013 at 6:12 AM

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