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Three native plants, none of them aquatic

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Coreopsis, Mexican Hats, Poverty Weed by Brushy Creek Lake 8479

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The most prominent wildflowers here are coreopsis (Coreopsis sp.). The darker flower heads below them are Mexican hats (Ratibida columnifera), and you can also make out some dried remains of the same at the lower left. The slender, leafy bush is a young poverty weed (Baccharis neglecta). None of these species is aquatic or even needs to be near a body of water, but—like the Desmanthus you saw last time—all three of these were flourishing on the shore of Brushy Creek Lake in the town of Cedar Park when I visited on May 22.

This was the only coreopsis I saw in the park that day, but if you want a striking reminder of how much nature can vary from year to year, check out a panoramic view of this site from the spring of 2010.

You’re in for an unusual take on coreopsis and water next time, so stay tuned.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 21, 2013 at 6:18 AM

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