Wednesday, October 25, 2017

October Wildflower Wednesday

I am not sure how October got here so quickly. I am not ready for winter, but most of the flowers in the yard are finished blooming.  There are some plants with lovely colored foliage to share for Gail's Wildflower Wednesday, though!

The golden colored plants are Amsonia hubrichtii.  I just found out from the Lady Bird Johnson site that this is only native to Arkansas and Oklahoma.  It sure does well here in SE Nebraska, though!

One flower that still has a few blooms is pitcher sage.  This one is a native.  I believe it is this one.  I like having clumps of it in different parts of the yard, and seeing the insects feed on them.

The different kinds of amsonias bloom very early, and I am always sad the time in bloom is short, but this kind makes up for it with beautiful fall foliage.  The short-toothed mountain mint on the right is continuing to look good and attract pollinators.

Amsonia hubrichtii is another plant I have in different parts of the yard.

We had been looking south and west.  Now, we are facing north and west. Some of the clumps are not golden yet.

This is the big bed on the east side of the front yard.  Only one of the two round-headed bush clover plants survived last winter, and after being slow to grow, it did quite well this season.

We have enjoyed a very mild fall so far, but colder weather is on its way.  I hope all is well with you and your gardens, and you are finding native plants to enjoy.


  1. Those golden-colored plants really do add nice accents to your flower beds!
    Hope you are having a great week!

  2. I love your Amsonias and that you use repetition in your garden. I know that the critters appreciate having more of them in spring when they bloom. I read on a site this AM that A hubrichtii is a host plant for swallowtails. I am going to have to investigate that one! Happy WW!

  3. Sue, your Amsonia hubrichtii is looking gorgeous! I've heard that a fair number of people plant this one for its fall foliage more than for its blooms...and I can see why. It's also such a nice, fine-textured addition to the prairie garden, which is so often dominated by medium textured leaves.

    I love pitcher's sage too. I learned something when I went to the USDA Plant Profiles - I would swear that I learned pitcher's sage as Salvia pitcherii, but that name gets absolutely no credit on the USDA site, even "grandfathered in". I've also known this plant as Salvia azurea, which is evidently its actual scientific name. There are, however, two subspecies (or varieties, to be official, I guess) - one of which is native for you and one of which is native for me in the Florida panhandle. Yours is pitcher sage, Salvia azurea var. grandiflora and mine is azure blue sage, Salvia azurea var. azurea. I love learning something new first thing in the morning!

    1. Thank you for the information, Cynthia. I may have been thinking this was Salvia pitcherii, but my memory is not so good.

  4. Your foliage combinations are gorgeous! I still have some Zinnias, Mistflowers, and Borage flowers blooming, but that's about it. We'll probably have frost in the next couple of nights.

  5. Always enjoy seeing the seasonal transitions of your garden. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Love the autumn colors in your garden.


  7. Lindas as imagens.
    Amei seu jardim.

  8. I have that amsonia lining my front walk, and it’s just now turning golden and beautiful, like yours is!


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