Wildflowers

The Golden Wildflower

The Golden Wildflower

Throughout the eastern U.S. and in some places in the mid-west, the golden ragwort paints fields and sunlit woodland openings with splashes of golden yellow daisy-like blossoms. Sometimes it is confused with dandelions and hawkweeds by novices, but upon closer examination its 8 to 13 yellow petals, heart shaped basil leaves and clusters of blossoms […]

The Non-Native Beauty

The Non-Native Beauty

In my daughter’s Maryland spring backyard, I discovered a dainty blue wildflower growing in the shade cast by trees and in the shadow of a wooden fence that borders her property. With scalloped leaves and four petaled flowers, the slender speedwell thrives in the moist soils here. A non-native, this plant traveled from Europe to […]

The Undesirable Wildflower

The Undesirable Wildflower

It is spring in the U.S and millions of acres of manicured lawns are greening up yet much to the disdain of homeowners billions of yellow dandelions litter the green landscape. People spend millions of dollars and countless hours attempting to rid their lawns of these intrusive “weeds”. However, this wildflower was not aways an […]

The Golden Aster

The Golden Aster

Asters are a family of plants that give color to fall landscapes in fields and meadows. These flowers are often white or various shades of blue and purple. The Maryland golden aster stands out from the rest due to its golden yellow daisy like blossoms. This aster thrives in well drained sandy soils in the […]

Heath Aster Feeds Insects

Heath Aster Feeds Insects

Asters and goldenrods are fall wildflowers that produce nectar and pollen for many insects that are preparing for the upcoming winter. Heath aster is one of wildflower that blooms in the fall. Its heath-like growth and white daisy-like blossoms is what makes this aster stand out from other types. Bumble bees, honey bees, wasps, butterflies, […]