Monday, July 25, 2011

Wildflowers along the roadside part 1: the driftless region

Me being me, I can't help but take a lot of wildflower photos. I have been so pleased to see so many native plants along the sides of these back roads and trails. I'm just going to throw out a number and say that some 99% of the plants you typically see on the side of the road are non native, and many are invasive weeds, but through this region on these roads, I am seeing a lot of good stuff.. So here are some highlights of what I have seen.

lobelia next to our campsite at Yellowstone Lake. The area appears to be an overgrown savanna... I don't think this is pale spike lobelia, could it be indian tobacco?

Does anyone know what this tree is? Huge leaves, looks familiar... can't place it.

I should know this one, its something like leaf-cup or twin leaf... can anyone help? Very abundant along bases of cliffs along the river, and valley slopes.

cliffbrake fern, fragile fern, among others.

A bad picture of canada milkwort. I think this is the first time I have seen it growing in the wild (where it was not planted). There were better examples along the way, but it seemed like they were all on downhills.


partridge pea

a baby chinquapin oak

also near these two were yellow pimpernel, prairie spurge, bluestem... and other conservative prairie plants I can't remember right now.

A poor photo, but there was a LOT of wild bergamot along the way.

yellow (?) giant hyssop

yellow coneflower

false sunflower

there was an incredible amount of American bellflower along the roadsides, I had never seen so much on my life!

cup plant

culver's root

purple joe-pye weed... I saw a lot of these with white flowers

woodland sunflower (H. strumosus?)

spotted joe-pye weed

prairie spurge (in white) with others

common evening primrose


marsh milkweed

blue vervain

Spiraea alba... aka meadowsweet

I need a botanist to help me out here, I think this is one of the indian plantains

Michigan lily, not to be confused with the MUCH more common Asiatic day lily

Showy tick-trefoil.

That's it for the driftless region. In a couple days I'll post about the flowers of the driftless region/Transitional Zone.


  1. Your "I think this is one of the indian plantains" is Cacalia suaveolens ... Gah! I'm supposed to be writing an IDOT report, not reading your blog. No more fun allowed for me this morning. Happy trails!