Tall Beggartick

Tall Beggar-tick
Tall Beggar-tick

Isn’t this an extraordinary tiny flower for another World Wild Aster Day? It’s all leaf and height (2-3.5 feet tall) and such a little bloom on the top, but after a rain it was still standing and I am sure the bees appreciate it in damp areas, such as river banks and wetlands, despite its size. The flower would normally have between 3-5 petals, I discovered, though some have none at all. Enjoy today’s oddity, as we realize that even the ‘weeds’ we see have a purpose and contribute to the environment in ways we barely understand. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #362

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4 Responses

  1. What an interesting little plant with such an awful(ly) long name. I thought it must have lost its petals in that heavy rain you mentioned, but apparently not. Those five petals or florets are all it can muster, poor thing. Nevertheless, it does its bit in the swamp or marshlands proudly and unbowed and mostly unsung. So, thank you, Ellie, for bringing it out of anonymity and into the light today.

    1. That’s right, this was a particularly well endowed flower, sporting 5 petals instead of 3 or 4! I thought the same as you when I saw the sparseness but in the end was glad of the 5. I’m glad to have shone a spotlight on it, and also glad you lIke it, thanks Janet.

  2. Thanks Ellie. That is quite unique for such a small bloom on such a large plant. I will have to keep an eye open for it. A close look at the leaves shows they are quite unique as well with all the little tentacles coming off to the sides. Hope you have a great day hugs to you and Steve.

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