Jan. 24, 2019

False black-eyed Susans

Near yesterday's clay spring there is a patch of showy coneflowers.  Almost anyone would say, "There are some black-eyed Susans."  Maybe we should just recognize them as imposters, and get rid of the showy coneflower thing.  How many would think of a black-eyed mimic if you hear the showy name.  Anyway, here are a couple of seed heads, waiting for a better planting season.  They are more successful than was previously known here in Michigan.  They were on the early lists of protected species.  They are now removed because more were found, including here at Ives.  Were they just overlooked because they look so much like Sue?