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The Golden Roads of August August 23, 2010

Posted by Wapello Warbler in Louisa County, Nature, pictures, Wild Flowers.
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In August, the Louisa County roadsides change from the mid-summer whites of Queen Anne’s Lace and White Sweet Clover to the golden yellows of Partridge Peas and Golden Rod.

Partridge Peas have been the most common. Here is a picture of a group growing along the side of US 61 south of Wapello.

Partridge Pea Context

Their leaves are sensitive to touch and will close if put your finger on them. This is what they look like up close.

Partridge Pea

Goldenrod is just beginning to bloom. There are several species, but from the road they look pretty much alike.

Goldenrod

In the evenings, you’ll also see another yellow flower, Evening Primrose. They open around supper time, so watch for them on your way home from work.

Evening Primrose

North of town, Yellow Coneflowers decorate the roadside.

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