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National Prairie Day

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Today is National Prairie Day. As my salute to it, here are more views of the flowerful Blackland Prairie remnant along Heatherwilde Blvd. in Pflugerville. I made my fifth visit in a week to that site, and perhaps my last for 2020, on May 11. In the top picture, the tall plants topped with yellow flowers in the foreground are Texas parsley, Polytaenia texana. The mostly red flowers are Indian blankets, Gaillardia pulchella, and the white ones are prairie bishop, Bifora americana. Additionally in the second picture the different red flowers are Indian paintbrushes, Castilleja indivisa. The yellows are square-bud primroses, Oenothera capillifolia, and the yellow-orange ones are greenthread, Thelesperma filifolium.

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And below from the same site on May 6th is a flower I don’t often see, white rosinweed, Silphium albiflorum. You can tell how rough the leaves are, and I’ll add that they’re quite stiff as well.

© 2020 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 6, 2020 at 4:38 AM

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  1. Rich beyond measure.


    June 6, 2020 at 5:36 AM

    • That’s a good way to put it. I wish it could last beyond the measures that people will take to build on it one of these days.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 6, 2020 at 7:01 AM

  2. Your post is a great tribute to the National Prairie Day, Steve. It is truly amazing what abundance in flowers the prairie can produce.

    Peter Klopp

    June 6, 2020 at 7:59 AM

  3. So beautiful and helpful in learning Texas flowers. Thanks. Margie Roe

    Margie McCreless Roe

    June 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    • You’re welcome. Even after two decades I’m still learning, given how many native species there are.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 6, 2020 at 1:25 PM

  4. Those are beautiful, almost Impressionist like photographs, Steve. The single rosinweed is quite beautiful as well.

    Lavinia Ross

    June 6, 2020 at 12:37 PM

    • You’re right that those first two have an Impressionist or Pointillist quality. That’s what comes of having so many flowers of different types so densely together on the prairie. I don’t know how much longer the site will last, so I did my best to enjoy it this season.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 6, 2020 at 1:37 PM

  5. Beautiful shots and I like the close up as a juxtaposition to the first two; nicely done!


    June 6, 2020 at 12:46 PM

    • Thanks. I’d planned to do a separate post about the white rosinweed, then decided to add it here as the juxtaposition you mentioned.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 6, 2020 at 1:39 PM

  6. I didn’t know there was a national prairie day, but I’m happy to learn that there is, and looking forward to more new floral finds from your roamings.


    June 6, 2020 at 4:27 PM

    • I didn’t know, either, until I got an e-mail a few days go from the Native Prairies Association here in Texas and decided to make today’s post fit the theme. I expect those floral finds to keep coming. This morning I took pictures in three places for a total of two hours. So much is out there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 6, 2020 at 5:42 PM

  7. National Prairie Day? How could I have missed this? Well to be sure, every day is prairie day here. In fact, we just readied another 1,500 square feet of turf (killing it!) for more prairie. It’s my heart and apparently also my soul. Happy Prairie Day, Steve!


    June 6, 2020 at 5:49 PM

    • Good to hear from you, Shannon. I don’t think I’d heard of National Prairie Day, either, but an e-mail from the Native Prairies Association in Texas a few days ago tipped me off. One thing I have plenty of pictures of is prairie—even as that habitat continues its swift decline—so it seemed natural to put out this post. I also alerted Linda and she did a prairie post as well.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 6, 2020 at 5:55 PM

  8. I’ve only seen the white rosinweed in books, and here it is. I especially like the maroon accents, and I like that you managed to capture part of the bud. The sepals are so akin to those of S. radula I might even have been able to identify it in the field — or at least have a clue about where to start. The seed heads are really distinctive, too: as recognizable as those of Illinois bundleflower. What a wonderful find.


    June 6, 2020 at 9:23 PM

  9. Yea! Thank you for saluting National Prairie Day – I missed it.


    June 13, 2020 at 9:04 PM

    • You can put it on your calendar for next year. In fact that gave me the impetus to put it on mine just now.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 13, 2020 at 10:16 PM

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