Oldfield toadflax

In my area, oldfield toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis) blooms in profusion in sunny areas. I found hundreds of them on a sandy slope:

In the woods nearby, I found starflower (link) and mayflower. I hoped for butterflies – this spot is a Frosted Elfin site – with no luck. But there were literally dozens of Ebony Jewelwing damselflies (link), all of them active and uncooperative subjects. I’ve never seen that many in one place before.

10 thoughts on “Oldfield toadflax

  1. I found toadflax for the first time this year. I’m almost certain I found Texas toadflax (N. texanus), but I see that your N. canadensis is common here, too. Ye olde booke says that oldfield toadflax has smaller flowers and shorter spurs, which confirms what seemed to be true when I looked at your photo.

    You’ve conveyed a sense of abundant flowers without crowding the frame; I like that very much. The spider-webbing is a nice touch, too. It’s almost as though they’re created a little fence for the flower patch.

    • Thanks! The flowers are quite tiny, and the stems are about a foot high. I got somewhat close so the flowers were visible, and cut off the ground (sand) to make the background green. If I had noticed the web, I would have tried to remove it – but I’ve grown to like it.
      I could easily be off in the ID. I used a nice local resource for information, https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/.

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