The remains of the year are evident, but few blooms are evident.



Rosinweed reblooms after mowing at the edge of the Cajun Prairie Gardens. Its nectar is taken up by a Gulf fritillary.



If you like big grasses and fall color, the show can be amazing. Switchgrass and Big bluestem here make a show.


The prairie now blooms its final blooms. By mid-month, the number of blooms in the Cajun Prairie Gardens is far less than a million a day, and in many views, nothing remains in flower. But the month opens looking much like October. With each passing day, one or more species goes out of bloom. In some areas that were mowed, the plants rebound and produce a few blooms.



A few of the ‘Asters’ including Symphyotricum patens (Late purple aster) continue to bloom.


The plants begin to draw the lasts of their nutrients either into their root systems or into their seeds.



Crowpoison blooms in the mowed lawn.


Nothoscordum bivalve (False garlic or Crowpoison) begins blooming and continues blooming throughout winter if it is warm enough. The winter of 2015-16 has had almost continuous blooming of Crowpoison.



View across the Iris-Hibiscus marsh at the Cajun Prairie Gardens. Dead heads of bloomers all around.


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Fenton remnant prairie in October 1988. In the background a 30 foot diameter clump of Big bluestem is apparent. Switchgrass surrounds it, and in the foreground, Kansas gayfeathers are going to seed.

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Muhleygrass in the North Iowa remnant prairie in November 1988. You can see the I-10 overpass in the background.

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Another view of the North Iowa remnant prairie. 



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

  1. *Nothoscordum bivalve
  2. Silphium laciniatum
  3. Silphium gracile
  4. Gaura lindheimeri
  5. Rudbeckia hirta
  6. Coreopsis tinctoria
  7. Ruellia spp.
  8. Euphorbia corallata
  9. Conoclinium coelestinum
  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 pycnostachya
  19. Liatris squarrosa
  20. Salvia azurea
  21. Hydrolea ovata
  22. Rhexia mariana
  23. Strophlostyles sp.
  24. Centrosema virginianum
  25. Rudbeckia subtomentosa
  26. Gaura longiflora
  27. Pycnanthemum albescens
  28. Vernonia gigantea
  29. Monarda punctata
  30. Physostegia virginiana var. praemorsa
  31. Eupatorium spp.
  32. Boltonia spp.
  33. Agalinis spp.
  34. Bidens aristosa
  35. Symphyotrichum praealtum
  36. Symphyotrichum dumosum
  37. Strophlostyles umbellata
  38. Euthamia spp.
  39. Pluchea spp.
  40. Aster spp.
  41. Symphyotrichum concolor
  42. Eurybia hemisphaerica
  43. Baccharis halimifolia
  44. Pitiopsis graminifolia
  45. Chrysopsis mariana

*first blooms appear

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