Tag: wildflowers

Common Evening-Primose

Common Evening-Primrose [Oenothera biennis] found at Fletcher Park on 30 September 2012 and 28 August 2013.  Wildflowers of the Carolinas, pages 411-412, states it’s a member of the Evening-Primrose (Onagraceae) family. USDA Plants Listing:  Oenothera biennis  

Pokeweed, or Pokeberry

This Pokeweed [Phytolacca americana] was photographed on 30 September 2012 at Fletcher Park, with the fruit in a withered state.  Pages 318-319, of Wildflowers of the Carolinas, lists it as being in the Pokeweed (Phytolaccaceae) family.  It produces a purplish dye and has been used to make inks, which normally turn brown over time. USDA …

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Swamp Thistle

These photos of Swamp Thistle [Carduus muticus] were taken at Fletcher Park on 30 September 2012.  According to Wild Flowers of North Carolina, this “relatively rare species of Thistle grows in bogs, meadows, and low woodland margins.” USDA Plants Listing:   http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CIMU  

Sericea Lespedeza

This photo of Sericea Lespedeza [Lespedeza cuneata] was taken at Fletcher Park.  It’s from the Pea or Bean (Fabaceae) family and was introduced to North America from Asia and Australia in the 1800s, according to Wildflowers of the Carolinas, and is considered to be an invasive species.  It’s stems and leaves yield a high level …

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Pretty Unknown Flower

Bidens or Beggartick

Photographed in Fletcher Park, 23 September 2012 and 4 September 2013.  The Wildflowers of the Carolinas, page 382, shows a flower that looks this listed as Bearded Beggartick [Bidens aristosa], a member of the Aster (Asteraceae) family.  It makes an orange or orange-yellow dye. USDA Plants Listing:  Bidens aristosa

Everlasting Pea

This was found between industrial park and cultivated fields near Fletcher Park, 23 September 2012.  Everlasting Pea [Lathyrus latifolius] is a member of the Pea or Bean (Fabaceae) family.  Wildflowers of the Carolinas, pages 110-111, states that it’s a non-native, intrusive plant. USDA Plants Listing:  http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=LALA4 (Perennial Pea)

Pennsylvania Smartweed

Pennsylvania Smartweed [Polygonum pensylvanicum] photographed at Fletcher Park on 23 September 2012 and 11 July 2013.  It is a member of the Buckwheat (Polygonaceae) family, shown on pages 102-103 of Wildflowers of the Carolinas. USDA Plants Listing:  Polygonum pensylvanicum


The flowers and plant yield a strong yellow dye (no surprise there).  These photos were taken at Fletcher Park on 23 September 2012.  Wildflowers of the Carolinas, page 406, shows a photo of Gray Goldenrod [Solidago nemoralis], which appears to be plant in the shots.  It’s a member of the Aster (Asteraceae) family. USDA Plants …

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Bull Thistle

This photo of Bull Thistle [Cirsium vulgare] was taken at Trout Lake, Hermon, NY.  It’s a member of the Aster (Asteraceae) family.   Reader’s Digest North American Wildlife, page 463, shows it as being found across Canada, Mexico, and the United States. USDA Plants Listing:  http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CIVU