Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Clasping-leaf coneflower colony on the Blackland Prairie

with 16 comments

Oh, the dense colonies of wildflowers on the Blackland Prairie in Pflugerville on May 7th. Foremost here are clasping-leaf coneflowers (Dracopis amplexicaulis), with a colony of firewheels (Gaillardia pulchella) in the distance. The puffball of a Texas dandelion (Pyrrhopappus pauciflorus) peeks through at the bottom left.

© 2020 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 10, 2020 at 4:49 AM

16 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. To see a mass of blooms like this, gladdens my heart.


    May 10, 2020 at 5:37 AM

    • Then your heart would be super-hyper-glad to see all the wildflowers abounding there now. I’ll keep on showing swaths of prairie densely blooming.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 10, 2020 at 6:38 AM

      • I’m all a-flutter☺


        May 10, 2020 at 7:09 AM

        • Glad to hear it. I’ll probably space out the pictures of dense wildflower colonies, with other things in between for variety.

          Steve Schwartzman

          May 10, 2020 at 7:15 AM

  2. I first mistook them for Mexican Hats [which have started coming out in our wildflower area]. Now I’ve learned something new.
    Have a wonderful Sunday,


    May 10, 2020 at 8:50 AM

    • Mexican hats are starting to go strong here now too. There’s a general resemblance of those to clasping-leaf coneflowers and also to black-eyed susans, all of which are in the Heliantheae tribe of the sunflowers family, and all of which appear on the same double-page spread in Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 10, 2020 at 9:10 AM

  3. The abundance of wildflowers in your area is truly mind-boggling, Steve. The only thing we can compete with from the Arrow Lakes is this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/130447299@N05/17137448998/in/photolist-ZhRtoG-rsamKB-s7nUwA

    Peter Klopp

    May 10, 2020 at 9:06 AM

    • The Eurasian dandelion has been very good at colonizing the United States and Canada. On the native side, you have fireweed, which I was happy to see in Alberta and Montana during my visit in 2017.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 10, 2020 at 9:13 AM

  4. An (in)credible carpet of coneflowers–really magnificent!


    May 10, 2020 at 7:01 PM

  5. Seeing these inclines me toward less talk of spring and more of summer. The roadsides here are beginning to sport thick stands of black-eyed Susan, and probably some coneflowers, while the coreopsis are beginning to fade.

    I recently noticed colonies of Monarda punctata, too. They can be thick on Galveston Island’s west end, but I decided to delay explorations there until the weekend passes and some of the tourists go home. What I can report is that the chiggers have decided the time for social distance has passed — much to my chagrin. Before I go into deep woods again, there’s going to be better preparation.


    May 10, 2020 at 7:46 PM

    • As the spring wore on all the way through April I’d begun to think that maybe Covid-19 had somehow suppressed chiggers along with people. A few days ago I finally ended up with two bites; even so, that’s well below the usual quota for one week into May. Your report tells me to expect more soon, alas.

      May here is the normal peak for clasping-leaf coneflowers, which I still think of as wildflowers belonging to the second part of spring rather than to summer, except insofar as May in Texas would pass for summer in many other parts of the country.

      Good luck on your return to Galveston Island’s west end.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 10, 2020 at 10:00 PM

  6. Another fine display of floral multitudes.

    Steve Gingold

    May 11, 2020 at 6:05 PM

  7. […] pictures come from the Blackland Prairie in Pflugerville on May 7th. You’ve already seen what a whole colony of clasping-leaf coneflowers looked like there on that […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: