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Wildflowers, Comanche County, Kansas

Kansas Native Plant Society

Plan now to attend the
Kansas Native Plant Society's Annual Fall Meeting: Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2, 2005
at Coldwater, Kansas.

Russell's eustoma, Eustoma grandiflorum (also called Russell's prairie-gentian), Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich, 8 Aug 2005.
Russell's eustoma, also called Russell's prairie-gentian, Eustoma grandiflorum , Comanche County, Kansas.
"They are so delightful to find - especially this time of the year when it is dry and everything looks pretty stressed."
Photograph (taken 8 Aug 2005) & comment by Phyllis Scherich.  

Bush morning glory, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Bush morning glory, Ipomoea leptophylla , Comanche County, Kansas. 2004.
"These are so refreshing to find in the mornings -
and are so pretty this year with all the moisture in the second half of June and into July."
Photograph & comment by Phyllis Scherich.  

Upright Prairie Coneflower, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Upright Prairie Coneflower, Ratibida columnifera, Comanche County, Kansas. June 6, 2004.
Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.  

Upright Prairie Coneflower, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Upright Prairie Coneflower, Ratibida columnifera, Comanche County, Kansas. June 6, 2004.
"The red specimen is a color variation of the more common yellow one."
Photograph & comment by Phyllis Scherich.  

Asiatic Dayflower, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Asiatic Dayflower, Commelina erecta, Comanche County, Kansas.
Photograph by Phyllis Scherich. 

Prickly Poppy, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Prickly Poppy, Argemone polyanthemos, Comanche County, Kansas.
Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.  

Lemon Paintbrush, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Lemon Paintbrush, Comanche County, Kansas.
Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.  

Wavy-leaf Thistle, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Wavy-leaf Thistle, Comanche County, Kansas.
Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.  

Showy Milkweed, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Showy Milkweed, Asclepias speciosa , Comanche County, Kansas.
Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.  

Buffalo Gourd, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Buffalo Gourd, Cucurbita foetidissima, Comanche County, Kansas.
Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.  

Engelmann's Daisy, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Engelmann's Daisy, Engelmannia pennatifida, Comanche County, Kansas.
"Notice how the petals curl under. This is characteristic after they have been open a little while."
Photograph & comment by Phyllis Scherich.  

Engelmann's Daisy, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Engelmann's Daisy, Engelmannia pennatifida, Comanche County, Kansas.
"These petals have not curled under quite so much, yet."
Photograph & comment by Phyllis Scherich.  

Engelmann's Daisy, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Engelmann's Daisy, Engelmannia pennatifida, Comanche County, Kansas.
"This is a typical plant. Note the pinnately lobed leaves."
Photograph & comment by Phyllis Scherich.  

Western Indigo, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Western Indigo, Comanche County, Kansas.
"This is a low-growing plant. This is the true color. I call it the "coral" pea."
Photograph & comment by Phyllis Scherich.  

Indian Blanket wildflower, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Indian Blanket, Gaillardia pulchella, Comanche County, Kansas.
"We have also found them in solid yellow. Notice the disk flowers in the yellow ones are also yellow.
In the other color variations the disk flowers have always been the reddish-brown color."
Photograph and comment by Phyllis Scherich.  

Indian Blanket wildflowers with Lazy Daisy wildflowers, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Indian Blanket, Gaillardia pulchella, and Lazy Daisy wildflowers, Comanche County, Kansas.
Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.  

Rockpink Fame flower, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Rockpink Fame flower, Talinum calycinum, Comanche County, Kansas.
"These brilliant pink flowers don't open until late afternoon and are closed by sundown.
They are related to the portulaca (rock roses) we plant in our flower gardens."
Photograph and comment by Phyllis Scherich.  

Easter Daily, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Easter Daisy, Townsendia escapa. Comanche County, Kansas.
"This is one of the very first wildflowers we look for in the spring.
It grows low to the ground and is often difficult to see until one is 'on top of it'."
Photograph and comment by Phyllis Scherich, 30 March 2003.  

Pincushion Cactus flower, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.
Pincushion Cactus, Coryphantha vivipara. Comanche County, Kansas.
Photograph by Phyllis Scherich.  

Sunflowers, Comanche County, Kansas.   Photograph by Bobbi Huck.
Sunflowers, Helianthus annuus. Comanche County, Kansas.
Photograph by Bobbi Huck.  


Also see:

Kansas Native Plant Society   "The purpose of the KNPS is to develop an awareness in our citizens of the beauty of Kansas wild-flowers, the value of their use in landscaping public areas, and their place in our ecology."

Native American Seed   This is a source of seeds for many of the flowers pictured on this page.


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