Continuing from last week's post, here are 10 more native wildflowers that, though dried out, are still standing in the middle of winter.
|Fertile fronds of the Sensitive Fern|
The next image is of Shrubby Cinquifoil. While not a wildflower per se, it does have a similar appearance in the winter. Left to their own these small shrubs can form a tangled mass of branches. Annual removal of about 1/3 of the older branches gives a good balance of flowers, neatness and size.
|These dried flowers of Shrubby Cinquifoil |
stand above a mass of branches.
|Orange Coneflower seed heads are nearly round,|
|Black-eyed Susan's seed heads are definitely cone-shaped |
and are lighter in color than the Orange Coneflower.
|Wild Petunia after a rare snowfall (this year).|
|This Blue-stemmed Goldenrod |
still has its narrow leaved attached.
|Seaside Goldenrod blooms later in the season|
and tends to hold its fuzzy white seeds later, as well.
|Showy Goldenrod has a strong presence even though|
the flowers are long gone.
|Meadowsweet flowers remain intact all winter.|
|The afternoon sun caught on these Swamp Verbena flower spikes |
inspired me to take a closer look at the other plants in my yard this winter.
Now that I've checked out the plants around my house, I'll need to make a trip out to some 'wilder' places to see what's happening.