One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve


Can you tell we’re in a theme with summer wildflowers?

Mystery #98


Again, this one is blooming now! By the way, this is my 98th time posting the Nature’s Mystery column. Going to have to come up with something special for #100 two weeks from now!


Yes, we had a couple of correct guesses today! This is Joe Pye Weed, Eutrochium Purpureum, one of the tallest native wildflowers in the east–they can be seven feet tall. Sadly, they are not strong enough for a squirrel to climb.

The flower heads are coming into bloom now and are a butterfly magnet. That is in normal years. This year we squirrels haven’t seen too many butterflies at all. How about you humans? Are you seeing many?


4 thoughts on “One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

    • Huh, we have milkweed and its balls of flowers don’t look anything like this. Except they are pink. But that’s a complaint Miz Flora has about common names: they can be used for many different plants.

      Thanks for sharing, Sarsinart!

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