Wildflowers

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, […]

The Last Big Harvest

The Last Big Harvest

Fall is the time of year when goldenrods brighten the fields and roadsides with showy yellow blossoms. It is the time for the last major harvesting of nectar and pollen by bees, wasps, migrating butterflies  and many other insects. Nectar gathered by bumblebees and honeybees will help these insects survive the winter. Pollen is also […]

The Desirable Wildflower

Black-eyed Susan is a native North American wildflower that thrives in sun lit prairies, fields and roadsides. It was originally thought to have spread from the Great Plains eastward, but recent research indicates it was native to colonial towns in Maryland. It was the colonists who named the plant black-eyed Susan featured in an English […]

The Odiferous Plant

The Odiferous Plant

Musk mallow is a strong scented wildflower native to Europe that was brought to America as an ornamental plant of America’s gardens. It escaped cultivation and is now a weedy plant of the northeast U.S.  It gets its name from its strong musky odor when tis leaves are crushed. You can find this plant growing […]

The Plant That Collects Frost

The Plant That Collects Frost

In the summer woods in the pine barrens on Long Island, New York you might spot this yellow flower growing single on a single stem in fields and along the edges of fore lines. Frostweed gets its name from the formation of ice crystals at the bottom of its stem. It is a pretty flower […]

Endangered in New York, Extirpated from Pennsylvania

Endangered in New York, Extirpated from Pennsylvania

Walking through a pine barren habitat where pitch pine, oak trees and heaths dominate the landscape, I came upon a disturbed area where the sandy soils were saturated with water and sedges, rushes and grasses dominated the opening. There were dozens of orange flowers on short stems along with sundews where the vegetation was less […]