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.

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About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.
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11 Responses to Can You Name This Wildflower? (2)

  1. Katy says:

    My wild guess is penstemon.

  2. James C. Trager says:

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

  3. Steve Winter says:

    My vote is also for Salvia azurea.

    • Chris Helzer says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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)
          http://prairieecologist.com

  4. Alison Krohn says:

    Prenanthes aspera?

    • James C. Trager says:

      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 says:

    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 foxden@wildernessawareness.org. 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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