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Wildflowers of Sylvan Solace (#86 – #100)

By September 27, 2021 No Comments

This is part seven of a photo series documenting my attempt to identify and catalogue all of the wildflowers to be found at Sylvan Solace Preserve during 2021. I’m doing this survey as part of our year long celebration of Sylvan Solace Preserve’s 25th Anniversary. I’ve kept up with the survey part all season but not so much with sharing.

Seven non-native species were added to the list with this installment, bringing the total of introduced species to twenty-five. This represents 25% of our species documented in the series to date. Non-native species have been marked with an asterisk (*) below.

You can catch up on the series by clicking on the links below:

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Part VI

#86 Fistulous Goat’s Beard (Tragopogon dubius)* – photographed 04 June 2021

The seed heads of this species look like gigantic dandelion seed heads.

#87 Hoary Alyssum (Berteroa incana)* – photographed 04 June 2021

This a common weed of fields, roadsides, and other disturbed habitats.

#88 Northern Dewberry (Rubus flagellaris) – photographed 04 June 2021

The second Rubus species of the list. This low-growing species produces purple-black fruits.

#89 Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)* – photographed 04 June 2021

One of the smallest flowers I photographed all year. Each individual flower is about 1/8 inch across.

#90 Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)* – photographed 04 June 2021

This is one of my favorite photographs of the project – it’s easy to get lost staring into the concentric spirals of the flower’s disc.

#91 Common Speedwell (Veronica officinalis)* – photographed 04 June 2021

Another Eurasian import, this species is common in forest openings and along trails. It’s less common in lawns and other open areas.

#92 Common Blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis) – photographed 04 June 2021

The third and final Rubus of the list. The earliest fruit from this species were large and fully developed this year. Later fruit was stunted by a lack of rainfall at the appropriate time.

#93 Wild Madder (Galium obtusum) – photographed 04 June 2021

This native Galium is found in a variety of wooded habitats from dry to moist. It often forms a dense carpet

#94 Honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis) – photographed 04 June 2021

Look for this species in the rich swampy area at the far southwest corner of Sylvan Solace.

#95 Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)* – photographed 04 June 2021

Common non-native of lawns, old fields, roadsides and other disturbed areas.

#96 Feathery False Solomon Seal (Maianthemum racemosum) – photographed 04 June 2021

This is the third and final Maianthemum species on our list. It is also the showiest in terms of blooms.

#97 Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) – photographed 07 June 2021

Yarrow is found across all continents of the Northern hemisphere. Although some introduction of non-native plants is likely. it is generally assumed that the majority of our yarrow plants are native.

#98 Low Bindweed (Calystegia spithamaea) – photographed 07 June 2021

This bindweed only reaches a few inches high.

#99 Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)* – photographed 07 June 2021

If you find a “wild” rose with clusters of flowers it’s probably this invasive species. Our native roses have solitary blooms.

#100 Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) – photographed 07 June 2021

Photographed in the river floodplain. Although usually found near water, this native shrub is capable of growing in a wide variety of habitat types.