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Engelmann daisies and other wildflowers

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Engelmann Daisies by Bluebonnets 0706

It’s been a while since I showed you any Engelmann daisies, Engelmannia peristenia, so here’s a group I photographed along US 183 in Williamson County on April 19th. The yellow-orange flower heads behind the Engelmann daisies are greenthread, Thelesperma filifolium, and of course the prominent color in the background is from a colony of bluebonnets, Lupinus texensis. It’s now six weeks later, and to my surprise I’m still finding a few stray bluebonnets flowering around Austin.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 4, 2014 at 5:58 AM

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  1. Beautiful colors in this photo


    June 4, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    • I’d say it’s the mixture of colors that makes a field of wildflowers like this so appealing.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 4, 2014 at 7:30 AM

  2. I’ve often seen these, as well as the beautiful greenthreads, alongside bluebonnet colonies. And, of course, I had no idea what they were called. Thanks, Steve. 🙂

    Alex Autin

    June 4, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    • You’re welcome, Alex. Now that you know what these plants are, you can tell other people. I had no idea either till I began researching native plants here in 1999. The Engelmann daisies, by the way, have fuzzy leaves that are pleasant to touch; check them out the next time you have a chance.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 4, 2014 at 10:04 AM

  3. Very pretty! I love the complement of yellow and purple.


    June 4, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    • Agreed: purple and yellow (which people seem to favor for Easter) make a good complement. A multicolor display is often more appealing than a unicolor one.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 4, 2014 at 10:07 AM

  4. Blue and yellow is always a nice color combination.

    I used to have a Mammilaria by that name and I believe Engelmann is pretty well represented in a number of species.

    Steve Gingold

    June 4, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    • There’s nothing like blue and yellow:
      They make for a happy fellow.

      Yes, Engelmann has had his name attached to quite a few species. That name means “angel man” in German.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 4, 2014 at 5:29 PM

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