29 July 2023
Just over a week ago the Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania and Wissahickon Nature Club made their annual visit to Jennings Prairie for late July wildflowers. All of these species and more were seen on Friday 21 July. Shown here are:
- Shrubby St. Johnswort (Hypericum prolificum) … we share a name.
- Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana), a member of the Buttercup family
- Dense blazing star (Liatris spicata)
- Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
- Rattlesnake plantain or ladies tresses (Goodyera sp.) was still in bud. It’s a member of the Orchid family.
- Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
This photo of rattlesnake plantain shows the flower buds. Click here or on the photo to see the entire plant with basal leaves.
Culver’s root was in bloom at Jennings but too far from the trail for a cellphone photo. I found this one blooming on Thursday in a garden near Dippy the Dinosaur at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Do you see the bumblebee?
(photos by Kate St. John)