I really had no idea what I was looking at when I saw this. Keyed it out using fruit characteristics (pretty easily); I'm only sorry I missed this in flower -- it looks very attractive!
Scattered low plants in open sand barren with Opuntia, and occasional under sparse oak canopy with bracken and smilax.
Frequent in oak barren/sandy prairie.
I think I am getting the hang of recognizing this one.
The basal leaves are petioled and cordate, while the cauline leaves are narrow and sessile, but not clasping as in S. laeve. The inflorescence is widely branched -- it lends an airy overall look to the plant. An attractive aster.
Frequent low shrub with Rhus copallina in oak barren/sand prairie.
Infrequent; growing in Polytrichum moss with Baptisia tinctoria, Bartonia virginica, and Vaccinium sp. in disturbed area of oak barren.
Another species I have only ever observed in association with bogs in northeast Ohio; very interesting to find it here.
Approaching var. pseudocaudatum? Dunno. The leaf margins were ciliate.
Rare leaf variant among countless regular ones in understory of sandy oak barren; growing with Gaylussacia baccata, Smilax glauca, and low bush blueberry.
Common on sand barren with Helianthus occidentalis, Liatris aspera, and little bluestem.
Uncommon; scattered plants in sand barren with Opuntia, Liatris aspera, and some sort of Oenothera species.
At least I think it's a Lithospermum.
Uncommon; a few plants in sand barren with Opuntia, Helianthus occidentalis, and Liatris aspera.
Frequent in sandy prairie/oak barren. Most plants past flower, I found one that was still in full flower, more or less.
Second photo shows the barbellate pappus bristles.
Common in oak barren/sand dune prairie. Past flower.
Locally common on sand barren with Opuntia, Liatris aspera, and Monarda punctata.
Leaves mostly in basal rosette, with 1 or 2 pairs of small opposite leaves along stem.
These were frequent on barren sand dune with prickly pear cactus.
Approaching E. caroliniana, which I have never seen, so I am not altogether certain I know what I am talking about. Most leaves 1-nerved, about 3mm wide, but not strongly gland-dotted (if at all).
Sandy swale in oak barren.
Single individual on Baptisia tinctoria.
Common in oak barren/sand dune prairie.
Long past flowering.
Scattered low shrub in oak barren/sand dune prairie.
Abundant; just about anywhere you looked in this place -- under oaks in light shade, in open sandy prairies, in wetter swales, everywhere...
Common; co-dominant tree with Q. velutina and Q. alba in sand barren.
Infrequent; scattered plants along margins of trail through sandy prairie. Both deep pink and pale-flowered forms present.
Sometimes they're squares, sometimes they're pentagons. I like this plant, I just think it's cool.
Common in sandy prairies and in moist swales.
Rare; few low plants in patch of Polytrichum moss along small trail through bracken, oak barren.
Infrequent along trail through oak barren, growing under bracken and Smilax glauca.
This seems to be a loosely ascending plant when encountered in an early growth state. At this stage it is perhaps possible to confuse it with G. circaezans, but in fruit G. pilosum becomes an untidy mess of tangled stems, a bad habit that G. circaezans is not prone to.
Common low shrub in oak barren with bracken, low ericaceous shrubs, and prairie wildflowers.
I was not expecting to find this one. I have only ever seen this species in or near bogs. Here, it was growing in patches of Polytrichum moss in a sandy oak barren. I found about 5-10 plants total, maybe -- all widely scattered throughout the preserve but always in disturbed areas: either along trails or in cut over areas.
In fact, some areas in this preserve reminded me strongly of the dry, acidic forest openings I am accustomed to finding in northeast Ohio. Very interesting...
Common throughout oak barrens with bracken, Gaylussacia baccata, Vaccinium, and Smilax glauca.
Most plants were in fruit, but in areas that had been recently cut there were individuals in full flower. I thought this was interesting to note -- if, perhaps, you wanted to encourage a new flush of flowers, this plant seems amenable to cutting back.
Too late to catch this one in flower. As I was leaving this place, I happened to find one plant that had a single blossom remaining. That'll do.
Infrequent in oak barren, sandy soil. Stems, calyces, and leaves glandular-viscid.
Locally frequent in moist sandy swales in oak barren/prairie. Much too late to see this in flower; I will have to come back next year in June.