Portraits of Wildflowers

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Yellow bitterweed flower head

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In September I showed you a flowering colony of yellow bitterweed, Helenium amarum var. amarum. Now here’s a closeup of a flower head of this species as I found it on August 30th along US 183 in Cedar Park.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 3, 2016 at 5:00 AM

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  1. I adore the scalloped edges on these petals.

    melissabluefineart

    November 3, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    • Austin is 4 hours from the ocean, so this is as close to scallops as we’re going to get. Other members of the sunflower family in central Texas have similar scalloping.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 3, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    • By the way, it was the flowing sense of the background that appealed to me in this portrait.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 3, 2016 at 10:28 AM

  2. Lovely flower/s. The marble-like background is very pleasing.

    Steve Gingold

    November 3, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    • I liked the background without being able to say why. I hadn’t thought about it being like marble, but I see what you mean.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 6, 2016 at 12:26 AM

  3. A yellow and green combination always is lovely, and this is an especially nice presentation. The ray flowers of bitterweed make me think of ducks’ feet: petal paddles, if you will.

    shoreacres

    November 3, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    • You’ve reminded me that Britons hear our American pronunciation of “the former and the latter” as if the last word were “ladder.”

      I’m always ready to put the petal to the mettle.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 6, 2016 at 12:31 AM

  4. […] look at a few flowers of Senna lindheimeriana. The yellow in the background came from flowers of yellow bitterweed, Helenium amarum var. […]


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