Wildflowers were still in bloom at Pungo last week. Believe it or not, I was up at daybreak and got photos of these gorgeous morning glories. Although there were morning glories of all colors blooming near the road, my favs were the purple ones and that is what I photographed. Some folks don’t like them because they can be invasive but I have always found them pretty and sometimes they can be found in unexpected places. These were found at the Pocosin Lake Wildlife Refuge – Pungo Unit. They were intertwined with corn, soybeans, and other wildflowers.I loved the pretty shade of blue on these tiny wildflowers below and I think you will agree that the neatest of the common names of this wildflower is “Mouse Ears”.
The common name is Asiatic Dayflower, Mouse Ears, Dew Herb. The blossom of this member of the Spiderwort family lasts for one day. Introduced from its native Asia, it is considered weedy or invasive by some authorities, having spread widely throughout eastern North America.
And my favorite was – drum roll please…these beautiful yellow flowers ! Big surprise there – right?! If you know me, you know that green and yellow are at the top of my list of favorite colors. 🙂 To me, it is such a happy combination.
Bearded Beggarticks, Tickseed Sunflower, Bur Marigold. Beautiful multi-branched, multi-blossomed flower seen in late summer along roads and fields. These wildflower colonies can grow quite large. The plants are usually multi-branched, and the larger ones may have many blossoms at the same time.
All of these flowers are pretty common for those of us in the eastern United States. However, for a gal that has spent over thirty years in Maine, it is pretty awesome to see wildflowers in October. Right now, if memory serves, most of the color in Maine is coming from the trees, not from wildflowers. Since I can’t be in Maine to take photos of the pretty leaves, these wildflowers gave me a fall color fix.