Kansas gayfeather–the most abundant blazingstar at the Cajun Prairie Restoration Project in Eunice.



Agalinis sp. (False foxgloves) along with Kansas gayfeather in the Cajun Prairie. These are the hosts for caterpillar of the Buckeye butterfly.


Several species begin reaching for 7-8 feet and will probably achieve 9-10 feet by the end of the season. This is the month when the sunflower family makes its final push to maximize its views in the prairie.

Masses of Liatris pycnostachya (Kansas gayfeather) bloom all month long. They usually reach their maximum bloom around the 10th of the month, and an extraordinary view is available at many locations in the Cajun Prairie Restoration Project in Eunice, where there are some 50,000 stems blooming in 2015.

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Pinkscale gayfeather among Sweet goldenrods.



Sweet goldenrods dipping into one of the trails at the Cajun Prairie Gardens.


Liatris elegans (Pinkscale gayfeather) starts up near the end of the month and maxes in October. Pinkscale gayfeather is the last to bloom among the blazing stars. It blooms in late September into October. It was rare in the remnant prairies, and it does not persist in our gardens. I recall it as being common in sandy areas in the piney woods.The goldenrods (Solidago spp.) explode into bloom. Solidago odora (Sweet goldenrod) makes an excellent licorice-tasting tea.


Beggar’s ticks at the Cajun Prairie Gardens.



Solidago altissima (= S. canadensis) is the Common goldenrod.


Bidens aristosa (Beggar’s ticks or Beggarticks) gets up to 10 feet tall and forms masses in early succession and disturbed areas during most of September. The plants persist for 5-10 years in an area, although they are annuals. Their dissected leaves permit identification as they closely resemble another early succession species, Helianthus angustifolius (Swamp sunflower), a perennial sunflower that has linear leaves and blooms as October begins in the Cajun Prairie.


Swamp sunflowers and morning-glories in the Cajun Prairie Gardens.




Big bluestem (center) and Switchgrasses in the background in the Cajun Prairie Gardens.


Many other large blooming plants are evident among the tall grasses, including Giant ironweed, Tall tickseed, and numerous goldenrods.


Giant ironweed.




Doll’s daisies.


The ‘Asters’ begin blooming. Boltonia spp. (Doll’s daisies), Pityopsis graminifolia (Grass-leaf goldenaster, Chrysopsis mariana (Maryland goldenaster), Symphyotrichum praealtum (Willow aster), Symphyotrichum concolor (Eastern silvery aster) and many others dot the landscape.

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Eastern silvery aster.


Many other bloomers reach their maximum in September including Pycnanthemum albescens (White-leaf mountain mint) and Physostegia virginiana var. praemorsa (Obedient plant).


White-leaf mountain mint.




Obedient plants among the grasses.


The large grasses are in full bloom in September, including Andropogon gerardi (Big bluestem), Tripsacum dactyloides (Eastern gama grass) and Sorghastrum nutans (Indian grass or Yellow Indian grass).


Big bluestem.



Yellow Indian grass.




A clump of Eastern gama grass (its 3rd blooming of the season–it has been blooming sporadically since May) with a background of Beggar’s ticks at the Cajun Prairie Gardens.


What was blooming in the Cajun Prairie Gardens on September 1, 2015?

  1. Silphium laciniatum
  2. Silphium gracile
  3. Gaura lindheimeri
  4. Rudbeckia hirta
  5. Coreopsis tinctoria
  6. Ruellia spp.
  7. Euphorbia corallata
  8. Conoclinium coelestinum
  9. Tephrosia onobrychoides
  10. Rudbeckia hirta
  11. Eryngium yuccifolium
  12. Ipomoea spp.
  13. Chamescrista fasciculata
  14. Passiflora incarnata
  15. Canna spp.
  16. Coreopsis tripteris
  17. Helianthus mollis
  18. Liatris acedota
  19. *Liatris pycnostachya
  20. Liatris squarrosa
  21. Arnoglossum ovatum
  22. Manfreda virginica
  23. Salvia azurea
  24. Hydrolea ovata
  25. Rhexia mariana
  26. Lythrum lineare
  27. Galactea volubilis
  28. Gaillardia aestivalis
  29. Helenium spp.
  30. Strophlostyles sp.
  31. Centrosema virginianum
  32. Rudbeckia subtomentosa
  33. Gaura longiflora
  34. Pycnanthemum albescens
  35. Vernonia gigantea
  36. Monarda punctata
  37. Physostegia virginiana var. praemorsa
  38. *Eupatorium spp.
  39. *Boltonia spp.
  40. *Agalinis spp.
  41. *Bidens aristosa
  42. *Strophlostyles umbellata
  43. *Euthamia spp.
  44. *Pluchea spp.
  45. *Aster spp.
  46. *Symphyotrichum concolor
  47. *Pitiopsis graminifolia
  48. *Chrysopsis mariana

*first blooms appear

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