Late bloomers

I’ve been keeping an eye out for any new wildflowers in bloom, and took these photos last week. A native wildflower, the yellow dog and I found this Closed (or Bottle) Gentian in a meadow, adjacent to a marshy area. The Quebec Biodiversity Atlas mentions the Closed Gentian as a plant that is “likely to be designated” as a species at risk [1].

Blue Vervain is another native plant, which has been in bloom around here for awhile now, and has a long history as a sacred plant, used by the Druids [2].

And below is a Flower-For-An-Hour (Hibiscus trionum), growing at the edge of a farmer’s field. True to its name, there wasn’t a flower in sight by the next day – guess I was lucky!

I can’t help but include another dragonfly distraction that was sunning itself on some milkweed, near the vervain and gentian.

Tardif, B., Lavoie, G. & Lachance, Y. (2005). Quebec Biodiversity Atlas: Threatened or Vulnerable Species (p. 52). Quebec: Environment Canada. Online:

2. Blue Vervain Flower. Online:

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10 Responses to “Late bloomers”
  1. donald says:

    wow, some beautiful flowers that i have never seen! thank you!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous colors on those flowers. Nature has the best pallete.

  3. Sue J says:

    I love gentians — that one is particularly beautiful. How lucky to come upon it!

  4. sandy says:

    The first two were new to me. Very beautiful, too. The one, I have since twice this summer, but had no idea what it was. Why is it suddenly in Maine?

    I got a shot of the same kind of meadowhawk today!

  5. Looove the gentian. When I lived on the east coast I was fortunate enough to see fringed gentian in bloom and it was absolutely magical!

  6. Cait says:

    Oh, that must have been beautiful! I’ve never seen one.

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