In search of flowers in the Northeast

August 28, 2017

Brooklyn Bridge Park

A walk through the park:

Ironweed, a member of the aster family with disk flowers but no ray flowers

Ironweed closeup reveals disk flowers with five united petals, two-part stigmas, and anthers that cling to the pistils. Tips of the pappus hairs, or modified sepals, can be seen toward the center.

Hydrangea with showy sterile flowers to attract pollinators and smaller, fertile flowers

Maryland golden-aster

Short’s aster

Closeup, Short’s aster

Partridge pea, a member of the pea family with five separate petals, no wings or keel, and banana-shaped stamens that point either left or right.

Red clover with distinctive three-part leaves

Spiderwort, a monocot with parts in threes

Mistflower, a member of the aster family with disk flowers only and long pistils giving it a fuzzy look


Swamp rose mallow, native to the U.S.

Scientific names and families:

Ironweed/Veronia noveborancensisAster Family: Asteraceae

Hydrangea/Hydrangea paniculataHydrangea Family: Hydrangaceae

Maryland golden-aster/Chrysopsis marianaAster Family: Asteraceae

Short’s aster/Symphyotrichum shortiiAster Family: Asteraceae

Partridge-pea/Chamaecrista fasciculataPea Family: Fabaceae

Red clover/Trifolium pratensePea Family: Fabaceae

Snowberry/Symphoricarpos albusHoneysuckle Family: Caprifoliaceae

Spiderwort/Tradesantia virginianaSpiderwort Family: Commelinaceae

Mistflower/Conoclinium coelestinumAster Family: Asteraceae

Swamp rose mallow/Hibiscus moscheutosMallow Family: Malvaceae

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