From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Greater Tickseed: Yellow Autumn Wildflower

Coreopsis major Walt.



Greater Tickseed


Even though it's been a very dry summer here, the autumn wildflowers have managed to survive. They are a tough bunch. The butterflies who are migrating are probably grateful for them.

The flowers in the photo above are growing in a ditch on a dry hillside along the edge of a wooded area. I supposed they have a fairly moist environment there, in rainy summers. I hope I have them identified correctly. If I'm wrong, please let me know! Based on the characteristics of the flower and the description of where it grows, I think it is greater tickseed (Coreopsis major Walt.,) a member of the aster family.

Coreopsis major Walt.
Coreopsis major

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