Thursday, August 22, 2013

Small Wood Sunflower

Beginning in late July, we see these pop up in the woods.   They're taller than black eyed Susans and they have a yellow center instead of a brown one.   They're long and loose and lanky and love the woods.  They are definitely a moist shade loving plant.

They are the Small Wood Sunflower.   It is indeed ironic that a shade plant would be called sunflower, but there you have it.  They are Helianthus microcephalus.  

On this one is a little metallic green bee in the Halictinae genus - same one as the sweat bee.   I thought it was pretty.

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