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Observations by Gary Fewless for Green Bay WI (Lat.N 44.51° Long. W 88.02° ), except as noted. For flowers lacking conspicuous petals or sepals I define "anthesis" as release of pollen by mature anthers.

July 2009Julu  plants

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July 28 I probably missed the start, but I noticed a few plants of Helianthus giganteus (giant sunflower) in flower along Highway 64 in Oconto County.
July 27 Silphium terebinthinaceum (prairie dock) flowers beginning to open, UWGB prairie.
July 25 Not the first day, but Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod) is in flower in norhteastern Wisconsin and still only a few plants with open flowers. It really isn't any more "giant" than many other goldenrods.
July 24 The first flowers are opeing for Helianthus divaricatus (woodland sunflower), UW-Green Bay.
July 22

I returned to Green Bay after two days in Forest County. This is the first time this summer that I returned with no woodticks.

This is the first day that I have seen any open flowers for Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod), but only a very few, Forest County.

July 21

The bright red, ripe fruits of Actaea rubra (red baneberry) are conspicuous now, Forest County. Also the bright blue fruits of Clintonia borealis (bluebead lily) are beginning to mature now in Forest County. Deerflies are annoying now in the forest.

July 19

Sambucus canadensis (black elderberry) is now conspicuously in flower in norhteastern Wisconsin.

In spite of the name "juneberries" our Amelanchiers are only now maturing their fruit. "Julyberries" doesn't have the same ring to it. You may have noticed a similar discrepancy for "mayweed" in the July 10 entry.

July 15 I noticed Verbena hastata (blue vervain) and Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs) in flower along roads in Oconto County.
July 14

Saponaria officinalis (bouncing bet) in flower in Brown County.

First open flowers for Aralia racemosa (American spikenard) and Phryma leptostachya (lopseed) in Forest County forests. Allium tricoccum (wild leek) is in about peak flower--leaves mostly dried up and inconspicuous now.

July 12 Common and conspicuously flowering plants in the Green Bay area now include: Cichorium intybus (Chickory), Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle), Daucus carota (wild carrot), Erigeron annuus (annual fleabane), Hemerocallis fulva (orange daylily), Hypericum perforatum (St. John's-wort).
July 11

The fruits of Actaea rubra (red baneberry) are now in the mature, bright red statge in northeastern Wiconsin.

Desmodium glutinosum (cluster-leaf tick-trefoil) and Lilium michiganense (Turk's-cap lily) are now in flower in Brown County.

The young Canada Geese of this spring are now nearly as large as the adults and difficult to distinguish from them unless they are seen togetther (Brown County).

July 10

Anthemis cotula (mayweed) is now widely and conspicuously in flower in northeastern Wisconsin.

Green Bay received 0.33 inches of rain before midnight and another 0.11 inches after midnight (July 11) .

July 9

Fruits of Ribes cynosbati (gooseberry) are beginning to ripen in northeastern WI.

Cicuta maculata (water hemlock) is in flower in northeastern WI.

Green Bay and much of northeastern Wisconsin has had only a trace of rain so far this month and only 0.44 inches total since June 9. The soil is cracking in areas with substantial clay content in the soi, and many plants are showing the effects of the prolonged drought. Rain is forecast for tomorrow, however.

July 8 Calamagrostis canadensis (blue-joint grass) is in about peak flower (anthesis) in Oconto and Forest County, WI.
July 7 The fruit of Rubus pubescens (dwarf red raspberry) are beginning to ripen in Forest County, WI.
July 6 Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed) is in flower on UW Green Bay's prairie. Also Tilia americana (basswood) is in flower on the UWGB campus.
July 1 Campanula rapunculoides (creeping bellflower) is in flower, MarinetteCounty.

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