This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Monday, October 24, 2011

A late bloomer

Only a few wildflowers are still blooming. A number of asters still look good, some goldenrod may still be feeding the bees. One of the last flowers to bloom is Sneezeweed (Helenium atuumnale), a small daisy-like flower. Some that I managed to grow in a garden were just beginning to bloom on Sunday.
The name Sneezeweed is not due to its pollen, but rather to a use the plant once had. The leaves were crushed and used as snuff to cause a sneeze, which was supposed to be helpful. The plant is toxic to wildlife, and usually grows in moist conditions.

I noticed it last year at the Fisher Oak Savanna and included a picture of it, but left it unidentified in that post.

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