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A typical fall combination of wildflowers

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From September 28 on the prairie in Pflugerville, here’s a typical fall scene in central Texas. The purple is known as gayfeather or blazing-star (Liatris mucronata). The yellow flowers at the top are goldenrod (Solidago spp.), while the scattered smaller yellow flowers are broomweed (Amphiachyris dracunculoides).

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 14, 2016 at 4:52 AM

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  1. I found some over-the-hill Liatris along a railroad track in Magnet Cove. There were precisely three plants in that spot, but I’m hoping to find more. I’ve seen broomweed aplenty (why not use it as a wisp broom?) and overwhelming amounts of goldenrod. Whichever species they have, it grows taller than I am. People leave it growing in their yards, too. Everyone seems to like it.


    October 14, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    • From what you say about the height of the goldenrod, it could well be Solidago altissima, which some sources consider the same species as Solidago canadensis. What a comfort to hear about people who enjoy their goldenrod.

      A few days ago I was on a property like the one you mentioned, with just a few not-so-great Liatris flower flower spikes. I haven’t seen a good colony anywhere this season. I hope you have better luck.

      By the way, broomweed got its name from settlers in the 1800s who uprooted the plants, turned them upside down, and used them as brooms.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 14, 2016 at 8:53 AM

  2. How delightful!


    October 14, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    • This was once a commonplace sight but there are fewer such common places left in metropolitan areas. Fortunately I still know where a bunch of them are.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 14, 2016 at 2:20 PM

  3. As I heal slowly from recent back surgery, I am enjoying the central Texas fall scape through the lens of your camera.

    Have you spotted any Monarchs? The mist flower by my bedroom window normally attracts a few, but none so far this year.

    Perhaps I will be out walking among the wildflowers soon, but till then will await your posting each day.


    October 14, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    • These pictures can be your vicarious view of nature in central Texas, but a speedy healing and a walk through the real thing will be even better.

      I’ve seen practically no monarchs this season. I hope that’s not a confirmation of their still-dwindling numbers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 14, 2016 at 2:40 PM

  4. Very pretty! Curious to know if they are fragrant?

    Backyard Photographer Blog

    October 14, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    • I’ve never noticed much of a fragrance from any of the flowers in this picture. They make up for that visually, as you pointed out.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 14, 2016 at 9:40 PM

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