Cowbane

Oxypolis rigidior COWBANE

Oxypolis rigidior COWBANE

Historically, cowbane was given this name because it is a poisonous plant that is especially poisonous to cattle. In general cowbanes like moisture and they grow in wet, marshy areas. This species, Oxypolis rigidior COWBANE, is widespread in north America. I have just finished processing my photos from the James Woodworth Prairie for this species, which will be included in my next book, Elusive Splendor.

The image you see to the right is a flower head just after the last petals have dropped from the individual flowers. The remaining seed heads, pinkish in color, are maturing and in the fall will open to disburse the seeds. This image lets you clearly see the structure of umbels and pedicels that cause this flower to look like an image of fireworks in mid-explosion.


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