Summer Wildflower Spectacular

By KBJR News 1

September 1, 2010 Updated Sep 1, 2010 at 10:51 AM CDT

"Oh I think they tend to get overlooked, and there is a lot more variety than most people see.

There are three groups there are the Goldenrod, the Asters and the Sunflowers. Almost all of them are native and they're just great this year.
This is probably the most common one here, this is Canada Goldenrod. Now one of the issues with goldenrod is to most people they all look the same. There are in our area here about a dozen kinds. I've sen twelve kinds in bloom the 12th kind I just saw last one last week.
As far as the Asters go, not quite the same variety, maybe a half dozen of those and they're purple and white this one is called Lindy's Aster, it's one or our more common ones. And this one3 is probably our most common Sunflower, this is tall sunflower, and you will see in many places along the trail here they are considerably taller than we are. There are about five kinds of Sunflowers. In the world of tame sunflowers that head is huge and this is nowhere near that.
With composites, the flowers are not called petals the outer parts are called rays and the center part is called the disc and in the Black Eyed Susan, the rays are yellow and the disc is dark and the word composite means they are composed of many little flowers, every one of those rays and every one of the small parts of the disc is actually a flower in its own.
We kind of take them for granted, they bloom in the roadsides and things like that they just don't seem to have the excitement that a lot of people see in the spring or early summer flowers but I think they're just terrific!

There is still time to get out and enjoy our crop of late season wild flowers. Along the Munger Trail near Carlton, I'm David Hoole for nature matters.

Larry Weber did not want to comment on allergy issues with late season wildflowers. He recommends allergy issues should be taken up with a qualified allergist.

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