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Seaside Goldenrod Florette by Beth Sawickie www.bethsawickie.com/seaside-goldenrod-florette

Seaside Goldenrod Florette

Seaside Goldenrod Florette by Beth Sawickie www.bethsawickie.com/seaside-goldenrod-florette

We went down to Island Beach State Park (in NJ) late in the afternoon.  We were surprised to see many monarch butterflies enjoying the Seaside Goldenrod.  This is a close-up of one tiny florette from the plant.

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Here is a monarch butterfly on one of the goldenrods that Doug captured with his camera:
Monarch Butterfly by Doug Venner www.bethsawickie.com/seaside-golden-rod

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We also got to see a beautiful sunset and foxes – we always love seeing the foxes!  See those photos here.

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Butterfly Weed Seed Pod by Beth Sawickie www.bethsawickie.com/butterfly-weed-seed-pod

Butterfly Weed Seed Pod

Butterfly Weed Seed Pod by Beth Sawickie www.bethsawickie.com/butterfly-weed-seed-pod

Ah…Butterfly Weed!  I think the pods are just as neat as the flowering plant.  Those little puffs are like tiny parachutes for each seed carrying it to a new place to grow from in the spring.

This is the plant that Monarch Butterflies are attracted to – orange and yellow blooms, clusters of tiny flowers.  I don’t have a pic of it handy right now, but, you can learn more about it here from the Native Plant Database.  I read that it takes 2-3 years for the plant to flower when grown from seed, fyi.

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