Plant A Day – Butterweed

Butterweed Packera glabella

Butterweed
Packera glabella

Butterweed is a plant that looks like an alien invasive species, but is in fact native to Indiana, mostly southern Indiana.  It looks invasive because if there is a wet spring when the farmers don’t get out to plow early, Butterweed will fill the wet parts of the field with bright yellow flowers.  It’s actually quite spectacular.

There are a multitude of bright yellow flowers in the spring

There are a multitude of bright yellow flowers in the spring

The stem is hollow and green or reddish green with longitudinal veins.

The stem is hollow and green or reddish green with longitudinal veins.

The leaves are quite irregular and generally look somewhat ragged

The leaves are quite irregular and generally look somewhat ragged

A typical lower leaf

A typical lower leaf

The plants tend to grow in wetter soils

The plants tend to grow in wetter soils

Grasshppper sparrow singing from the top of a Butterweed!

Grasshppper sparrow singing from the top of a Butterweed!

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