Thursday, September 17, 2009
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE -- AUTUMNAL EQUINOX COMMON WILDFLOWERS
Today I am walking in observance of the coming of the Autumnal Equinox, or Fall season, which begins on September 22nd on my calendar. I am looking for changes and for common wildflowers that bloom during this late summer transition.
Many folks pick them and put them into natural dried arrangements.
There are two good sources of Native American use of wild rose hips
Named after a Native American for his use of the plant as a fever reducer.
This plant attracts scores of swallowtail butterflies and bees during this late growing season of the year.
Bees particularily seek them out as a food source that produces a dark honey.
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide is one of my favorite guides for identifying wildflowers. They have 34 species of goldenrod listed! Somewhere I read that even experts have a difficult time identifying a particular species. That lets me off the hook! I'll just call it goldenrod and be done with it.
Goldenrod attracts swallowtail butterflies and bees. Goldenrods (botanically known as Solidago) are used as food plants by caterpillars of a number of moths and butterflies. Goldenrod honey is produced by bees.
Blooming season is a sign of the start of the school year in the U. S.
This flower is Kentucky's state flower as it is for Nebraska and South Carolina.