Friday, June 26, 2020

When ironweeds cross?

So several of these volunteers popped up in the back yard near our ironweeds and Blanco crabapple tree. What were they? Four o'clocks? No. Hmmm, what could they be?  
In the meantime, our western ironweed (Vernonia baldwinii) has grown like gangbusters this summer. Look how tall they are compared to Prima! Oh, yes, that's Ms. Prima Donna de Hearn. She claimed us 10 days after we buried our last elderly cat last Feburary. She reigns as queen of this place now.
Our western ironweed from another angle.
 A close up of the western ironweed's leaves and flowers.
Now take a look at our woolly ironweed (Vernonia lindheimeri), which is also growing quite well. Prima insisted on being in another picture. She's a snowshoe calico with blue eyes.
A close up of the woolly ironweed's leaves and flowers.
Now take another look (above) at our volunteer plant. Then check out its leaves and flowers's an IRONWEED. But the leaves are wider than a woolly ironweed. I have no clue what happened. Do you?


sandy lawrence said...

Clueless on the new ironweed, but Prima is awesome! What an unusual color pattern. Snowshoes have good personalities, I've found.

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Sandy, in the past I didn’t post many photos of our three cats, who’ve since passed on at ripe old ages. The Texas Wildscapes program frowns on cats, which is why. Prima, a calico with blue eyes, showed up ELEVEN days after we buried our last cat, Abe. I was SMITTEN right away and later learned she was a snowshoe calico, a kind of cat I’d never heard of before. She’s awesome.

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