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Crow’s Nest: Cool wildflowers highlights

October 2, 2017

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

Yesterday we held a hike to see some early autumn wildflowers. Although many plants are starting to go dormant there is still a lot to see. Above, bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii), and below, common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)—with milkweed bugs adding a little extra color.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

Bottlebrush grass (Elymus hystrix) arches with sharp awns.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

Below, turtlehead (Chelone glabra). Early instars of Baltimore checkerspot butterfly caterpillars are obligate feeders on this plant so if you want to have that butterfly this native plant must be present (fortunately you can also buy it at a nursery).

Photo: Daniel Barringer

Even something as common as the non-native red clover (Trifolium pratense) has exquisite flowers close-up.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

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