I wasn’t expecting it. I walked down the path to the swampy area we call the “pond,” through a tunnel of foliage, and when I emerged on the other end:Pow!A swath of golden yellow appeared from seemingly nowhere. I didn’t remember seeing this last autumn, but last summer was a lot drier. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember ever seeing these native wildflowers before. Permit me to introduce you to nodding bur marigold, aka Bidens cernua. According to an Illinois wildflower site, bur marigold prefers “full or partial sun, wet conditions, and mucky soil.” That’s exactly the conditions here. Bur marigold is in a genus of plants commonly referred to as beggar-ticks (which is where the “bur” in its common name comes from). Which is how I came to learn a new word, zoochorous, meaning dispersed by animals. Yes, it’s those kind of seeds that stick to your clothes, or your pet’s fur, like crazy. A month ago, when I visited this area for my last Wildflower Wednesday post, I had no clue these plants were here. Just goes to show that if you really want to become familiar with a natural area, you need to visit it regularly.
Posted for Wildflower Wednesday, created by Gail of Clay and Limestone, to share wildflowers/native plants no matter where you garden in the blogosphere. “It doesn’t matter if we sometimes show the same plants. How they grow and thrive in your garden is what matters most. It’s always the fourth Wednesday of the month!”