White prickly poppies and Mexican hats
So here are the white prickly poppies (Argemone albiflora) and Mexican hats (Ratibida columnifera) that I’d stopped to photograph in the southern portion of Great Hills Park on May 19th when I noticed the deer you saw yesterday. Notice that the leaves of the prickly poppy, aside from having sharp spines on them, are glaucous.
As for the Mexican hats, they were (and still are) doing well this year, but unfortunately the mowers at the entrance to the main part of the park across the street cut down the colony there before it even had a chance to flower, much less produce seeds. The mowed-down Mexican hat stand was the one that had produced 10 of the unusual doubly rayed flower heads you saw in a post last spring. I was hoping some more of those strange heads would appear there this year, but now they won’t.
© 2015 Steven Schwartzman