Sunday, July 8, 2012

Prairie Coneflowers: Gold in July grasses

Prairie Coneflowers now dot fields and grasslands in Saskatchewan.

My favourite prairie flower book (Vance/Jowsey) says that these wildflowers bloom from July through September. Early blooms offers a new way of looking at these flowers.

Prairie Coneflower   © SB

Instead of focussing on the ray florets (aka petals), look closely at the newly opening yellow and purplish-brown disk florets around the centre column. (Yes, there is a bug in there, too.)

Close-up of coneflower disk florets  © SB 
Patches of Prairie Coneflowers at Grasslands
National Park (near 70-Mile Butte) 
© SB

Prairie Wildflower: Prairie Coneflower
Location: #1 and #2, Condie Nature Refuge, near Regina, SK; #3, Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo Date: #1, 2: July 7, 2012; #3: July 27, 2011.  


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