|Gaillardia and Conoclinium coelestinum, you can see the fluffy seeds developing|
|Vernonia has only disc flowers|
Asteraceae is an economically important family. They're grown for food, cooking oils and medicine.
|Verbesina virginica has both ray and disk flowers.|
These rough and tumble, take of themselves beauties fulfill an important role in a garden ecosystem.
|The Joes and Echinaceas are both asteraceaes|
But, you don't have to take my word for it. Just watch your garden and you'll easily see:
|Ex-Aster Symphyotrichum patens|
Which seed heads are beloved of the birds and
|Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eiler' with disguised Wavy-lined Emerald caterpillar|
|Conoclinium coelestinum also known as Blue Mist Flower|
So, plant more of them, your garden residents will thank you and you'll be happy, too.
Welcome to Clay and Limestone's Wildflower Wednesday celebration. WW is about sharing and celebrating wildflowers from all over this great big, beautiful world. Join us on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Remember, it doesn't matter if they are in bloom or not; and, it doesn't matter if we all share the same plants. It's all about celebrating wildflowers. Please leave a comment when you add your url to Mr Linky.
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.