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.



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

  1. Charles says:


  2. Patsy Mettenbrink says:

    Blue lettuce

  3. 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 :)

  4. Mike says:

    Eriophorum latifolium

  5. Pete Berthelsen says:

    Buckhorn Plantain
    Plantago lanceolata

  6. 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 says:

    Looks like an Eleocharis to me. Not certain which one

  8. Loren Padelford says:

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

  9. Russ says:

    I will guess that it is a Juncus.

  10. Joanne says:

    lavendula family

  11. Jon Groelz says:

    How about a Bulbostylis?

  12. Susan Carpenter says:

    Eriophorum gracile?

  13. Kevin Boyle says:

    Dalea candidium/purpereum ?

  14. Chris Helzer says:

    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.

  15. C says:

    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 says:

    Schoenoplectus of some sort?


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