Late Spring into Summer Wildflowers

The early spring wildflowers have faded and died.  Surprisingly, the next batch of wildflowers is not as bright in color as the earlier ones, like Bluebonnets.

roadsideflowers2So driving along the highway, there are muted strips of color in the bar ditches.

roadsideflowers3An up close and personal look is required to see the true beauty and colors.  The masses of Indian Blankets (Gaillardia pulchella)  are much prettier than they look from the highway.  Other names for this distinctive flower are Firewheel or Sundance.

Being hardy and drought tolerant are vital characteristics to survive here.

roadsideflowers4These pictures were taken on the highway north of Goldthwaite.

roadsideflowers5This is one of the many yellow flowers beside the roads.  It could be a Parralena or a Damianita or so on.  I can count the petals and look at the leaves but am still confused about identity.  There are a staggering number of similar looking yellow flowers in Texas wildflower books.

roadsideflowers6The same applies to clusters of little white flowers on tall stems.

roadsideflowers7So I just enjoy the beauty of them all.  It’s one big bouquet presented by nature.

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roadsideflowersbThe weeds were too high to walk through in sandals, so I did not get a close up of the taller yellow blooms.

Update:  A friend who lives in the area thinks the yellow flowers in the back are probably Englemann Daisies.

roadsideflowerscThen, there are the numerous kinds of grasses.

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roadsideflowersfOnce again, identity eludes me.  In some ways, it looks like Queen Anne’s Lace but not in others.

roadsideflowershOne plant I can easily identify is this Antelope Horns (Asclepias asperula) in the Milkweed family.

roadsideflowersgGrowing low on the ground, Milkweed or Antelope Horn is a surprise sight walking through grasses and weeds.  Almost all species of Asclepias are considered extremely poisonous, yet they are the source of many healing herbs.  Asclepias was the Greek god of medicine and healing.

I’m sorry that this post is short on information.  Poring through several plant books, I was still unable to be sure about names for several plants.  I’m definitely not a botanist.  So, if you know the correct identification, please tell me in a comment.

To all those wonderful people who read my blog faithfully, thank you.  You encourage me to keep trying and to search to be factual.

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2 thoughts on “Late Spring into Summer Wildflowers

  1. Wanda, the taller ones in the background that you couldn’t get close to, may be Engelmann’s daisy. They are blooming profusely along our road right now. We planted some in the landscape at city hall, and I have some in my yard.

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