Photo of Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota)

Midwest Woodland Blooms in July

These morning hikes are getting more difficult as the temperature and humidity rises around here. The wildflowers don’t seem to mind, though. I love seeing the Queen Anne’s Lace(Daucus carota, featured photo); it reminds me of long ago, when I thought it was the prettiest flower I had ever seen. No matter that everyone else called it a weed!

The lacy Queen Anne is beautiful next to chicory. Add some sunflowers, and you have a charming country bouquet.

Photo of Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)


Photo of Sawtooth Sunflower (Helianthus grosseserratus)
Sawtooth Sunflower (Helianthus grosseserratus)


Photo of Burdock (Arctium)
Burdock (Arctium)

And then there’s burdock. In the fall, it will dry and stick to everything. Remember getting it stuck in your hair, your sweater, your mittens?


Photo of Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
Jewel weed (Impatiens capensis) is as beautiful as an orchid.

Did you know that jewel weed salves were a folklore remedy for poison ivy and other skin irritations?


Photo of Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia)
Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia)


After rain and humidity, the mushrooms have started popping up.


Photo of wild mushrooms
Wild mushrooms


Photo of beige colored wild mushroom
Wild mushroom serves as a “sunbrella” for a beetle.
Photo of purple mushroom
Purple mushroom found in our backyard!


Get out there and enjoy the day!


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6 comments on “Midwest Woodland Blooms in July”
  1. A. JoAnn says:

    Hooray! I was in girl scouts, too.

  2. sammystetzer says:

    Stumbled upon this post this fall morning, and I loved reminiscing about summer blooms. It also threw me back to my years in Girl Scouts. Thanks for posting!

  3. A. JoAnn says:

    Some brother!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I guess I won’t plant Queen Anne’s Lace in my flower garden. Bur fights were the best until someone (like my brother) accidentally shot one in my baby fine hair, then it wasn’t so fun.

  5. A. JoAnn says:

    I wonder if it really works? I’ve had poison ivy all summer ?

  6. When I was Girl Scout, we were told that jewel week often grows near poison ivy, which is very convenient!

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