by Michael Parkey, Riparian Committee Chair
The first act of the 2021 wildflower performance is almost over. The stars are taking their final bow; bluebonnets and wild foxglove, also called prairie penstemon. They are still showy, but look quickly.
Second act performers are already on stage. Leading is Engelmann’s or cut-leaf daisy. These two-foot yellow flowers will continue blooming well into Act 3. Their antagonist (on the color wheel at least) is mealy blue sage with spikes of sky-blue to dark blue. Greenthread is easy to tell from Engelmann’s daisy, it is shorter with black centers in its yellow flowers. Supporting actors include blue flax and pink evening primrose. If you look in the woods there are lavender wild petunias (Ruellia) and shrubby rough-leaf dogwood. Its tiny flowers are miniatures of the better-known flowering dogwood. What they lack in size they compensate with sheer numbers.
Act 3 is usually a show stopper, but I’m not going to give it away.
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