Midsummer Wildflowers

Although many of the same wildflowers have been blooming for weeks now, there is a change as the season progresses.


Most notable along the roadsides are the daylilies (Hemerocallis) and prairie roses (Rosa carolina).  I have no pictures of these as it is difficult to park and photograph alongside our narrow, shoulderless, two-lane county roads.  There is not much traffic, but when it comes, it is typically whizzing by at a full fifty-five miles per hour!  Perhaps someday I shall be braver...


Meantime, the most noticeable change on our property is the brilliant arrival of Rudbeckia triloba, the native Black-eyed Susan.

rudbeckia triloba
Rudbeckia triloba

Mixed deep in the stands of fleabane (Erigeron, probably E. strigosus), are individual plants of Dianthus armeria, the so-called Deptford Pink.  It was introduced many years ago as a garden plant, but apparently now exists chiefly in the wild here.  It is not very large, but the brilliant color does catch the eye!

dianthus armeria
Dianthus armeria

And of course there is chicory (Cichorium intybus), the refreshingly blue-hued flower of midsummer.

Cichorium intybus
Cichorium intybus

This is another plant long ago naturalized from Europe.  Its pale blue is ubiquitous along the roadsides this time of year.  And it is good forage for horses and, apparently, also approved by this little creature...

cichorium intybus, chicory flower
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

Happy midsummer from Missouri!

Bonita and Margarita in their pasture
Bonita and Margarita in their pasture

Weather Diary: Fair; High: 81 F (27 C)/Low: 66 F (19 C); Humidity: 43%-94%

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Comments: 7
  • #1

    Kris P (Friday, 21 June 2019 23:14)

    Happy summer to you, Amy! I hope the first summer season in your new home is full of promise. The horses look content with their surroundings. Your local wildflowers, especially the chicory, are lovely.

  • #2

    Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Saturday, 22 June 2019 23:49)

    Happy summer, Kris! I love the cool tones of the chicory on a hot summer day! ;-) The horses are so pleased to have a field of green grass...

  • #3

    Jane (Sunday, 23 June 2019 04:44)

    What a charming group of flowers to have growing willy nilly and wild. Your photos are so dramatic especially when you have a dark background such as the one you have with the Erigeron. Here, Black Eyed Susan is a different plant, a creeper that is classified as noxious. Happy midsummer to you, Amy.

  • #4

    Cathy (Sunday, 23 June 2019 14:16)

    Happy Midsummer Amy! We also have fleabane, and chicory at our roadsides too, but no Rudbeckia - must be a lovely sight to see. :)

  • #5

    Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Monday, 24 June 2019 18:54)

    Jane - Thank you so much! Yes, it's been lovely to watch Nature's plantings around the yard and along the roadsides. I'm glad our Black-eyed Susans are more laid back than yours!

  • #6

    Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Monday, 24 June 2019 18:56)

    Cathy - Our chicory comes from Europe, though the fleabanes are native. Rudbeckia is widely used in wildflower seed mixes here as well as a garden flower, and I can certainly see why! I expect it would love your climate. Is it grown as a garden flower there?

  • #7

    Diana Studer (Tuesday, 09 July 2019 17:09)

    That chicory is such a perfect blue