We had some pretty serious rain on Wed (July 7) and Thurs (July 8). It will be fun to see if this has any effect on the plants over the next few weeks.

Here is the helpful map of the north part of the park. I use the areas I’ve labeled on the map to organize my posts.

NOTE: The photos of the plants are for help in identification. They may not have been taken at the specific place in the park that the plant is listed under.

Seen blooming ….

Just north of fox den patch

On the east side of the middle path…
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) – Quite a bit of this still blooming. (Alien)

Hairy goldenaster (Heterotheca villosa) – These are the first of these that I’ve seen this year. They usually last quite awhile. Look for their somewhat hairy leaves and small yellow flowers on the ends of the stems. (Native)

Medicago sativa


Heterotheca villosa

North end of middle path and turn-around point

Showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) – This is definitely putting on a good show this year with big patches blooming between the middle and east paths near the north end. And there is quite a bit at the turn-around point as well – all peaking in their bloom about now. (Native)

Mrs. Palmer’s curse (Campanula rapunculoides) – The patch of this at the turn-around is really blooming well. (Alien)

Asclepias speciosa

Campanula rapunculoides

Campanula rapunculoides

Meadow field

The penstemon has finally gone to seed, but we do have other interesting plants (in addition to beautiful grasses).

Fringed sage (Artemisia frigida) – The flowers are inconspicuous, but you can certainly see this beautiful plant – light grey-green fringy leaves. It is fairly low growing, but has sent up bloom stalks that make it look a little bigger (about 10 inches tall). This is a fun plant to pet! (Native)

Prairie sage (Artemisia ludoviciana) – This is the other native Artemisia in the park. The leaves are similar in color to fringed sage but have flatter, broader leaves.

Artemisia frigida

Artemisia ludoviciana

Stone-lined ditch

Threadleaf yellowrays (Thelesperma filifolium) – Last year, this plant continued blooming all along the east path until frost. This year, I am only seeing it in bloom in the ditch at this point (that’s not to say we won’t see more after the rain we had this week).

Thelesperma filifolium