Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hoary Puccoon

Such a horrible sounding name for such a beautiful sunny wildflower. The Hoary Puccoon blooms at the Indiana Dunes with the Lupines. In fact it is covering areas of the dunes in a mass of yellow.

The Hoary in the plant's name means hairy; it has hairy leaves. The Puccoon is an Indian word that means dye and its roots can be pulverized to make a red dye.

Butterflies and bees love the flowers. I watched many a Red Admiral flutter around the sunny blooms. 

Sources: "The Natural Heritage of Indiana," Wikipedia

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