Archive | July, 2010

Orange Milkwort

17 Jul

In the field of yellow bachelor’s buttons, these were growing too.  A bit shorter and lower to the ground so you had to look for them amongst all the yellow!

Orange Milkwort (Polygala lutea)

Yellow Bachelor’s Buttons

16 Jul

These little yellow flowers grow in clusters near wet flatwoods throughout most of northern and central Florida. These were found growing near Micanopy.

Yellow Bachelor's Button - Polygala rugelii

Endangered Species

15 Jul

Scrub Buckwheat Erigonum longifolium var.gnaphalifolium is listed as a threatened species in the US and Endangered in the state of Florida. I found a few growing in the BRC subdivision before it was developed. This photo was taken of a few plants that were growing next to a little country restaurant parking lot. They happen to be growing next to a power pole so haven’t been mowed or parked on!

Scrub Buckwheat

Yellow Eyed Grass

14 Jul

This photo was taken along the highway near Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. It was weird that most of the wildflowers I saw that day were just outside the park – while I didn’t see much inside the park! These Yellow Eyed Grass flowers filled an entire field.

Yellow Eyed Grass - Xyris elliottii

Today’s Special Guest….

13 Jul

This past weekend I was up in Knoxville TN and drove back home to Florida through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

It was a very scenic ride once we got out of the crowds of Gatlinburg. So for today I thought I’d post a few of the flowers I spotted along the mountain drive.

Purple flowered Raspberry

Turk's Cap Lily

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterflies

Rhododendron

Mountain Mix

Flag Pawpaw

12 Jul

This Pawpaw blooms in spring with extra-large creamy white flowers. It is the host plant for the caterpillars of my favorite butterfly – the Zebra Swallowtail.

Flag Pawpaw

Prickly Poppy

11 Jul

I just love this flower! Bold and large  – white & bright. Unfortunately my garden is too shady for me to try growing it. It grows well along the roadside & dry open fields. Be careful though, the leaves & stems are prickly!

Prickly Poppy - Argemone albiflora