Can You Name This Wildflower? (2)

Can you identify this wildflower species from its winter seed head?

If you think you’ve got the answer, write it in the “Comments” below.  (either click on “comments” or write in the “reply” space, depending upon which format you’re seeing this post in)

You can also try an earlier similar quiz here.

11 thoughts on “Can You Name This Wildflower? (2)

  1. Katy January 4, 2011 / 3:02 pm

    My wild guess is penstemon.

    • Chris Helzer January 4, 2011 / 5:10 pm

      Nope – good guess though. (Also nice to hear from you!)

  2. James C. Trager January 4, 2011 / 3:56 pm

    Right “off the top”, without checking any resources, I say Salvia azurea. Happy to be proven wrong, but no cheating, anyone.

    • Chris Zeiner January 4, 2011 / 9:02 pm

      No cheating indeed!!

  3. Steve Winter January 4, 2011 / 6:55 pm

    My vote is also for Salvia azurea.

    • Chris Helzer January 5, 2011 / 6:54 am

      James and Steve are both correct! Salvia azurea, aka pitcher sage. Grows tall with a blue flower and is often used in roadside plantings. It’s native in Nebraska, primarily in the east and south, but shows up further north and west along roads.

      • Chris Zeiner January 5, 2011 / 9:40 am

        For future reference Chris, on your next “can you name this wildflower” question you may want to change the name of the photo you are uploading. Not sure if you can but a blog observer can role their mouse over the image and discover the image title, or right click the image to find out it’s properties.

        • Chris Helzer January 5, 2011 / 11:13 am

          Thanks Chris – I’ll have to look at that more closely. After the initial post, I did go back in and delete some of the embedded info within the photo, so that might have taken care of it for later viewers. But I’m not sure if I got all of it out! As James said – NO CHEATING!!

          (Plus it’s all just for fun – no money or prizes involved!)

          I appreciate the feedback.

          Chris Helzer
          Program Director

          The Nature Conservancy
          Eastern Nebraska Project Office
          P.O. Box 438,  Aurora, Nebraska 68818
          402-694-4191   402-631-9288 (cell)

  4. Alison Krohn January 4, 2011 / 9:40 pm

    Prenanthes aspera?

    • James C. Trager January 7, 2011 / 2:08 pm

      It does have a bit of the look of the involucre of P. aspera, Alison, but in that species, the involucre consists of separate bracts, rather the the fused chalice-like shape of this mint’s calyx. (Calyx is Greek for chalice, btw.)

  5. Pam Leiter January 10, 2011 / 11:40 am

    I love quizzes like these! I always learn so much during the search for an answer – more than just about the specific plant to be identified.

    If you’re interested, you can also submit your photos to They have a monthly e-newsletter and always include a mystery photo for recipients to submit guesses. They’re always looking for more photo submissions.


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