Black-eyed Susans

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan

Shall we make this yellow week?

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One of Nature’s Mysteries To Solve

Hey there,

Here’s a little summer fun–what will this one be?

Mystery #125

By the way, this is our 125th nature’s mystery!

Check back with you later!

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We had several correct guesses–maybe more if someone you didn’t comment! Yes, Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta, is a native to North America and grown widely as a yard plant.

Black-eyed Susan

It’s been a well known flower for a long time. The genus name honors Olanus Rudbeck, one of Linnaeus’ teachers. Ms. Flora loves that tidbit, but cautions you human readers if you learn it has medicinal uses against colds: some parts of the plant are poisonous! Don’t go eating anything you aren’t knowledgeable about. We want to see you back here again!

Shasta Daisys and Black-eyed Susans

Plant it in masses and let those butterflies feed on it instead!

Colorado Wildflowers

Howdy folks!Coney the Pine Squirrel

Another report from your Colorado Field Correspondent, Coney the Pine Squirrel.

I might have shown you the wildflowers in my mountain town before, but we squirrels have short attention spans. You humans might also.

A lot of these are western relatives of wildflowers Nutmeg and Hickory show you. I only get a week every so often, so I’m treating you to a whole bouquet today. Except I didn’t pick these. So here we go with some summer blooms, all sun-loving plants in the fields and waysides, which tend to be very dry here on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains. Ground like this:

Colorado's dry, sunny habitat

But I poked around to find some of the best blooms.Mullein

Mullein

Yarrow

Yarrow

Aster

Asters

Black-eyed Susan and Monarda

Black-eyed Susan and Monarda

Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium

Common Alumroot

I think this last one is Common Alumroot, from a photo on this great Colorado Wildflower website . I don’t have a Miz Flora living in my neighborhood, so my identification isn’t fool-proof. Yet, I still have a mystery. Do any Squirrel Nutwork readers know what this flower–or possibly a seed head–is?

Truffula tree lookalike

I’d like to think it’s a Truffula Tree, but I’m sure it’s not.

Hope you liked our flowers!

P. S. One of our readers solved the Truffula Tree mystery! It’s the seed head of a Pasque Flower and here is a link to another great wildflower site. Thank you, Connie! It’s great to have readers sharing information.