Shall we make this yellow week?
Here’s a little summer fun–what will this one be?
By the way, this is our 125th nature’s mystery!
Check back with you later!
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.
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!
Plant it in masses and let those butterflies feed on it instead!
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:
Black-eyed Susan and Monarda
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?
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.