Can you name this weed?

Our last stop on the Bruce Coast Lighthouse tour that day in early July was in Southampton, Ontario.  Not being from the area, it was difficult to know the best place to park that would be near the lighthouses.  When we got out of the car, we realized that we could have gotten a lot closer, but it was a nice day so we walked along the beach.  As it was July 1st, they were getting a fireworks display ready on the beach, but since it was still afternoon we didn’t think there would be any problem returning to our car.

Once we had the photographs we wanted, we started the trek back down the beach.  However, we met “that guy” – you know the one who tries to make himself way more important than he actually is.  He was one of the guys setting up the fireworks, and you would have thought he was guarding an atomic bomb.  He saw us approaching and ran over to cut us off saying, “I’m sorry folks, you can’t go this way.  We are setting up dangerous explosives!!”  Now repeat that with a real “hey, I’m the general of this here army” type voice, and you will get the picture.  Both Mike and I had to bite our tongues so that we didn’t laugh in his face.

So, we had to pick our way through an area just above the beach that was overgrown with weeds, and we were surrounded by the largest dandelions gone to seed that I have ever seen.  Well, I don’t think they’re actually dandelions because of their size, but they definitely looked like them.  They were really beautiful.  Yes, you guessed it – the cameras weren’t quite done for the day.  I was trying to look up what these might be, and one plant I came up with is Salsify.  Does anyone know for sure what these are?

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25 Responses to Can you name this weed?

  1. Beautifully captured. I love the delicate patterns.

  2. dorannrule says:

    No idea what they are but Mr. Bunny Chow’s undoubtedly right. Whatever they are, they are beautiful indeed!

  3. TBM says:

    I don’t know for sure, but I do know that they will set off my allergies. Still pretty though. Did you snap a photo of the General? I’m not sure I wouldn’t have been able to stop myself from laughing.

    • Yes, part of the reason that I wan’t too happy about having to traipse through the waist high weeds was that it might get my allergies going. You see, we have something else in common! I should have snapped a picture of the General – I never thought of it because I was trying too hard not to laugh. That would have been too funny :).

  4. I’m afraid that I’m out of my league when it comes to identifying the flora of Ontario, but you might want to contact the North American Native Plant Society in Toronto:

    http://www.nanps.org/index.php/gardening/in-support-of-native-plants/62-toronto-ontario

  5. Dandelions may be weeds, but they are resilient and adaptable and can bloom wherever the wind takes them! Did you know that the dandelion is the official flower of the military brat? They are lovely!

  6. Tammy says:

    Dandelions are beautiful when in bloom….a pain the ass when the white blow away and you are left with the stalk. LOL

  7. zelmare says:

    Don’t know what they are, but they sure are beautiful! 🙂

  8. krikitarts says:

    Cindy, check out salsify, tragopogon, and/or oyster plant. Cheers!

    • Oh Gary, you are such a wealth of knowledge :). I found salsify when I googled “plants that look like dandelions gone to seed”, and it looked similar to what we saw, but now I will also look up tragopogon and oyster plant to compare. Thanks Gary!!

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