Thursday, February 27, 2014


Packera glabella
Butterweed is a plant that looks like an alien invasive species, but is in fact native to Indiana, mostly southern Indiana.  It looks invasive because if there is a wet spring when the farmers don't get out to plow early, Butterweed will fill the wet parts of the field with bright yellow flowers.  It's actually quite spectacular.

There are a multitude of bright yellow flowers in the spring

The stem is hollow and green or reddish green with longitudinal veins
The leaves are quite irregular and generally look somewhat ragged
A typical lower leaf
The plants tend to grow in wetter soils

Grasshopper sparrow singing from the top of a Butterweed!

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