Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Orange agoseris

Orange agoseris by The Bacher Family
Orange agoseris, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.

So many different varieties of wildflower carpet the meadows of the Tatoosh Range! Asters, monkeyflowers, columbines, asters, thistles, lupines, asters, valerians, paintbrush, and more asters! "Aster," of course, is a generic term for a type of plant that features clusters of single-petaled flowers organized in a disc or star shape, each with its own pollen-producing parts gathered in the middle. Yes, the "flower" we see as a daisy or sunflower is actually a great many flowers organized in a large and beautiful circle. The best know asters are yellow, but they may also be white, pink, blue, purple, or, in this case, orange. This one's an orange agoseris, one of my favorite asters for its bright, vivid color.

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