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A bright September display

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From the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on September 8th comes this vibrant display of partidge peas (Chamaecrista fasciculata) and blazing stars (Liatris punctata var. mucronata). Here’s a much closer view that reveals how much red lies at the heart of a partridge pea flower:



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Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 16, 2022 at 4:30 AM

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  1. There’s that wonderful gold and purple combination again. It’s a good reminder that these plants aren’t common in along the coast; it’s time to start roaming a little more widely. Last year, I found the largest stand of partridge pea I’ve ever seen at Brazos Bend State Park, and some of the prettiest liatris in the Big Thicket.


    September 16, 2022 at 6:21 AM

    • Purple and gold never grows old.
      I didn’t realize that these two wildflowers aren’t common along the coast. I think of partridge pea as growing everywhere, wrongly extrapolating from how common it is here from late summer into fall. I seem to remember seeing some along the Alabama coast three years ago on our return from New York and thinking I must be getting close to home.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 16, 2022 at 6:47 AM

      • Now that I’ve said that, I think I may be mistaken, since I have a vague memory of seeing partridge pea behind the dunes on Galveston Island, and at the Artist Boat. I need to check that out.


        September 16, 2022 at 6:55 AM

  2. Beautiful combination of contrasting color!

    Eliza Waters

    September 16, 2022 at 8:06 AM

  3. I’ve never seen these before – the flowers and leaves are both lovely.

    Ann Mackay

    September 16, 2022 at 1:19 PM

  4. Nice to see another floral carpet spread out for us on your wildflower blog, Steve!

    Peter Klopp

    September 16, 2022 at 10:01 PM

    • That mini-meadow of yellow and purple was a welcome sight. In the wild I haven’t yet seen a display like that this season, but it’s still not even officially fall yet.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 17, 2022 at 6:19 AM

  5. Yesterday I finally saw a field of flowers that could come close to rivaling some of yours but they were all white fleabanes and for some reason I didn’t shoot them. This is a nice combination of colors and, of course, quite prolific. I’ve partridge pea growing in our yard in two places.

    Steve Gingold

    September 17, 2022 at 2:30 AM

    • Maybe that field of fleabanes (if not dreams) will call you back.
      I’m just getting used to the idea of partridge pea in New England as well as on Long Island, where I grew up.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 17, 2022 at 6:22 AM

  6. That’s lovely. I do like that purple and yellow color combo.


    September 17, 2022 at 11:54 AM

    • Probably many people associate that color combination with Easter, but here it fits right in with the fall.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 17, 2022 at 9:38 PM

  7. […] A few days ago you saw how at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on September 8th a vibrant colony of partridge peas (Chamaecrista fasciculata) claimed attention, with a stand of blazing stars (Liatris punctata var. mucronata) adding complementary colors in the background. Now the roles are reversed, and a Liatris flower spike is the center of attention. Just as I snapped this picture a bumblebee took off. While the 1/400 of a second that the camera’s shutter speed was set to wasn’t nearly fast enough to stop the action, and I normally want insects to come out sharp, the traces of wing movement ended up pleasing me. I know nothing about how to paint, but it occurred to me that an artist might paint a bumblebee with brush strokes that look like this to suggest rapid movement. […]

  8. Absolutely stunning display Steve .. the yellow and purple are a super colour combination


    September 23, 2022 at 3:20 PM

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