Thursday, July 10, 2014

Heart-leaved Alexanders

Heart-leaved Alexanders. That's a new prairie wildflower for me — and if I didn't have my flower guides, I might wonder if these tiny yellow composite flowers were instead perhaps related to dill weed or even a kind of goldenrod.

Flowerhead of Heart-leaved Alexanders   © SB 

I don't know why there is an s at the end of the name... Alexanders... Perhaps if I knew Latin it would make sense?

And yes, I do know that the name for this yellow prairie wildflower is all about the leaves, not the flowers — but the lower leaves of this plant were so-deep in the Saskatchewan mosquito zone that I opted to disturb neither flora nor fauna for a photograph... But I did look closely at them, and identified the heart-shaped lower leaves, and the upper leaves that are more like three leaflets at the top of the stem.

Prairie Wildflower: Heart-leaved Alexanders
Location: Muenster, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo Dates: July 7, 2014.



  1. Think the name was a reference to Alexander the Great after the Romans brought a different alexanders species as a potherb to the British Isles, down by the Shelley Banks:

    1. Ah, how nice to be a landmark! I want a picture if myself on that beach.

  2. With all the rain we had in June the wildflowers in the hills at Buffalo Pound are wonderful to see. I hadn't seen pincushion cacti before in the hills but this year they were everywhere. Lovely Heart-leaved Alexanders picture.

    1. Thanks so much! Great to know about the cacti at Buffalo Pound.


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