Summer is finally in full swing and the flowers are starting to turn to fruit!
The sweet clover
) is still the dominant yellow flower along roadsides, but is starting to die back. In the northern portion of the Forest, I also noticed curlycup gumweed
), blackeyed Susan
) and common mullein
) growing along the road. In more open areas, the shrubby cinquefoil
) is still blooming as is the ever-present yellow salsify
). In more moist areas the cutleaf coneflower
) is showing off its summer yellow.
In moist, shaded areas the occasional monkshood
) is showing off its summer colors. Most of the other purple flowers have been blooming for a while and include roundleaf harebell
), silvery lupine
), wild bergamot
), and red clover
And less showy flowers that are nevertheless in bloom include grasses such as timothy
As summer’s bounty of berries comes into full force, be sure you know exactly what you have before you eat it!
Until next time, happy flower spotting!
Chelsea Monks, Forest Botanist