Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Here Come the Composites

So, I haven't been too busy botanizing around Kenney Park, near my house, for some time. I usually skip right any plant and head to the river. However, things are starting to become interesting again, vascular plant wise. There are several things blooming right now that I photographed this evening. All of this plants are in the aster or composite family. All are related to daisies, sunflowers, dandelions, etc.

First up is a Solidago species, or goldenrod. I'm not sure what this one is, but it is early. Of all the Solidago species in the park, this is the only one blooming.


Next up we have a Rudbeckia laciniata, or cutleaf coneflower. I remember seeing this last year when Megan and I first moved to the Clintonville area.


And then we have giant ironweed, Vernonia gigantea. I've always had a fondness for this plant. You'll see it alot in cow pastures, surrounded browsed grass. The cows don't eat it.


Finally, another one of our native composites. I think this one is Rudbeckia triloba, or browneyed Susan, but I could be wrong. This was the only plant I found in the park. This would make a great native plant for the garden, wouldn't it?

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