Now Blooming

Turk's cap lily, Butler-Freeport Trail, 15 July 2017 (photo by Kate St. John)
Turk's cap lily, Butler-Freeport Trail, 15 July 2017 (photo by Kate St. John)

In western Pennsylvania there aren't many flowers in June but things start to get exciting in July. Here's what I've seen in the past week.

It's lily time! The Turk's cap lily (Lilium superbum), above, is blooming along the Butler-Freeport Trail. The Canada lily (Lilium canadense), below, was blooming in Raccoon Creek State Park on July 9.

Canada Lily, Raccoon Creek State Park, 9 July 2017 (photo by Kate St. John)
Canada Lily, Raccoon Creek State Park, 9 July 2017 (photo by Kate St. John)

Tall meadow rue (Thalictrum pubescens) is also blooming everywhere.  This one was along Nichol Road at Raccoon.

Tall meadow rue, Raccoon Creek State Park, 9 July 2017 (photo by Kate St. John)
Tall meadow rue, Raccoon Creek State Park, 9 July 2017 (photo by Kate St. John)

And here's a puzzle.  The photo is a nice "beauty shot" but doesn't show enough of the flower for me to positively identify it. My best guess is woodland sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus).  I wish I'd taken photos of the stem!

Woodland sunflower perhaps, 9 July 2017 (photo by Kate St. John)
Woodland sunflower, perhaps, 9 July 2017 (photo by Kate St. John)

 

(photos by Kate St. John)

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