What’s This Flower? (Advanced Edition) November 11, 2014

Ok, I knew it wouldn’t take long to get a correct answer on the first plant quiz this morning, but four correct answers within two minutes of posting?  Good grief.

Apparently, that one was too easy for many of you, so I’ll try again.  I’m sure some readers will get this one too, but maybe I can challenge at least a few of you.

Ok, what’s THIS flower?


Once again, leave your guesses in the comments section below.  If you don’t see a comments section, click on the title of this post to open it in a web browser and try again.

No hints this time, but I’ll confirm the correct answer when it comes in (within the comments section).

If you didn’t know the answer to the first quiz this morning, you can look in the comments section of that post to see the answer.


25 thoughts on “What’s This Flower? (Advanced Edition) November 11, 2014

  1. Charles November 11, 2014 / 10:46 am


  2. Patsy Mettenbrink November 11, 2014 / 10:49 am

    Blue lettuce

  3. The Giving Garden November 11, 2014 / 10:57 am

    Well now I’m stumped. Tried looking up some rushes but, none panned out….I suppose I should get back to getting some work done :)

    • Chris Helzer November 11, 2014 / 11:01 am

      Well, good. I’m glad to have stumped you. Someone will get it… stay tuned.

  4. Mike November 11, 2014 / 11:02 am

    Eriophorum latifolium

  5. Pete Berthelsen November 11, 2014 / 11:18 am

    Buckhorn Plantain
    Plantago lanceolata

  6. Suzanne M. Coleman November 11, 2014 / 11:25 am

    I’m totally not a botanist but the design on the external portion of what seemed to have been/be the flower reminds me of ironwood, but the green stalks look like a wetland plant…

  7. Jon Groelz November 11, 2014 / 11:28 am

    Looks like an Eleocharis to me. Not certain which one

  8. Loren Padelford November 11, 2014 / 11:29 am

    I believe it may be Softstem Bulrush (Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani).

  9. Russ November 11, 2014 / 11:30 am

    I will guess that it is a Juncus.

    • Chris Helzer November 11, 2014 / 11:31 am

      Good try, Russ, but no. By the way, I returned your email (from a long while ago) a couple times but never heard back. Is it possible it got stuck in your spam filter?

      • Patricia Mettenbrink November 11, 2014 / 5:32 pm

        so where is the calcareous fen you visited to capture these treasures??!!!

        • Chris Helzer November 11, 2014 / 5:56 pm

          Actually, both were photographed in the same restored wetland I’ve featured on this blog many times. A former sand and gravel pit transformed to shallow wetlands and a stream. Central Platte River, Nebraska.

  10. Joanne November 11, 2014 / 11:40 am

    lavendula family

  11. Jon Groelz November 11, 2014 / 11:58 am

    How about a Bulbostylis?

  12. Susan Carpenter November 11, 2014 / 12:14 pm

    Eriophorum gracile?

  13. Kevin Boyle November 11, 2014 / 12:26 pm

    Dalea candidium/purpereum ?

  14. Chris Helzer November 11, 2014 / 2:28 pm

    Ok, someone did finally get it, but it took a while. I feel better.

    The plant is Hairy Fimbry (Fimbristylus puberula). It’s an interesting plant, taxonomically. It’s in the sedge family (Cyperaceae) but is not a Carex (sedge) or Cyperus (nut sedge) or any of the common rush families (Scirpus, Juncus, etc.) Definitely an individual.

    Hairy fimbry is found throughout much of North America. In our Platte River Prairies, we see it only here and there, but when it does show up, it’s often abundant. It likes wet prairies or sedge meadows. We’ve been able to get it to show up very well in our restorations – as long as we can harvest sufficient seed, it establishes very well.

    Congratulations to Dan for getting the ID first.

    • prairiebotanist November 11, 2014 / 3:26 pm

      Scirpus are bulrushes–not rushes:) They are actually sedges (Cyperaceae) too. Recent taxonomic changes haven’t made keeping it straight any easier.

  15. C November 11, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    I just love you people!
    I’d call it Fuzzy Wuzzy Not A Pine Cone
    Geez, I sound so Kindergarten- ish compared to the rest of you! I’m laughing at myself! “)

  16. Kim Shannon November 12, 2014 / 10:28 am

    Schoenoplectus of some sort?


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