Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana): I found the fruits of Thimbleweed, but missed the bloom somehow.
|Thimbleweed - photo from 2008|
Common Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia): I found quite a few Common Arrowhead plants, but never saw a single one in bloom this Summer. This species seemed to be less numerous than in previous years.
|Common Arrowhead - photo from 2008|
Three-lobed Coneflower (Rudbeckia triloba): I did not find any Three-lobed Coneflower plants this year. Normally I find it blooming along the trails in Mill Pond Park. The mowed area along the trails was widened this year and this species appears to have been a victim of the mower.
|Three-lobed Coneflower - photo from 2008|
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta): Black-eyed Susan has never been common in Mt. Pleasant's parks. The areas where I had previously found it have grown up with much thicker vegetation and the species appears to have been blocked out by its competitors.
|Black-eyed Susan - photo from 2007|
Butter-and-eggs (Linaria vulgaris): Butter-and-eggs is a common weed that likes disturbed area. Like Black-eyed Susan it gets pushed out by thicker vegetation. The absence of this species was a real surprise.
|Butter-and-eggs - scan of a photo from 2005|
Cardinalflower (Lobelia cardinalis): Over the past few years I have been able to reliably find a single Cardinalflower growing in a certain spot in Mill Pond Park. This year it was not there.
|Cardinalflower - photo from 2009|
Large-flowered Bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora): Large-flowered Bellwort is one of those species that I have found intermittently over they years. Some years it appears, but more often I do not find it. In the years that it does show up, it is normally only one or two plants. This year I didn't find it. Not really a surprise, but I was hoping to find it.
|Large-flowered Bellwort - scan of a photo from 2006|
Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris): Failing to find Bladder Campion in the parks was also not a huge surprise. I have only found this species a few times over the past decade.
|Bladder Campion - photo from 2008|
Indian-hemp or Flowering Dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum): The lack of Flowering Dogbane can be directly attributed to construction. I normally find a healthy clump of it growing at the canoe landing at Chipp-A-Waters Park. This was torn up and covered up during construction this spring. I hope the plant reappears in 2015. I have also found the plant growing in a few other places along the riverbank, but trimming right to the river's edge (not really a good practice) kept those populations knocked back this year.
|Flowering Dogbane - photo from 2008|
White Lettuce (Prenanthes alba): I think I probably just missed the bloom of this one this year, but I really don't remember seeing many White Lettuce plants earlier in the year. This plant may just be in a down cycle.
|White Lettuce - photo from 2008|