October wildflowers

Now that it’s November, the wildflower season has come to a close. But let’s take a last look at those hardy wildflowers that saw the season out.

New England Aster

Bee on White Heath Aster

Red Clover

Macro of New England Aster

Some type of Aster… I’m thinking maybe a Flat-topped White Aster (Doellingeria umbellata)



Spotted Knapweed (Centaures maculosa)

Cucumber beetle on Goldenrod

Bottle Gentian

And now for one that I didn’t see…

A rare and beautiful October wildflower is the Fringed Gentian. In Last call for fen flora, Jim McCormac tells of his trip to Betsch Fen to see these beautiful flowers. Apparently his quest involved wading through a creek and traveling through a woods that was without a trail. Having never seen one myself, I will close out with a photo of the flower that aecole2010 published under a Creative Commons license at Flickr.

Photo courtesy of aecole2010 , license: CC BY 2.0

Fringed Gentian

© Deborah Platt, Robert Platt and TrekOhio.com 2012 to 2017

11 thoughts on “October wildflowers”

  1. Jill Riter says:

    Love your photos here, Deb! So pretty.

  2. tedmanzer says:

    That should have been Rumex not Rumes.

  3. tedmanzer says:

    Your unidentified pink spike sure looks like a rumes (smartweed) to me, but without any foliage it’s difficult to tell.

    1. Deb Platt says:

      Ted, thank you for your response. Here is what the foliage looks like.

      Unidentified wildflowers

      Due to your tip I have been searching Flickr for photos of smartweed. Maybe I have been seeing Polygonum caespitosum? Or Polygonum pensylvanicum?

  4. FeyGirl says:

    Just lovely! Those colors are glorious. 🙂

    1. Deb Platt says:

      Thanks, FeyGirl. 🙂

  5. beckarooney says:

    Brilliant shots, I love the detail of the bee on the aster 🙂 ♥

    1. Deb Platt says:

      Thanks, Becky. 🙂

    1. Deb Platt says:

      Thanks, Amy. Me, too. 🙁

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