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View Resource Composite Flowers

This site, part of Jim Conrad's Backyard Nature Plant web page, discusses this very large family of plants, which includes the sunflower, dandelion, and chrysanthemum. Here you will find information about the composite family's flower structure and the three kinds of composite flowers: ray only, disk only, and ray and disk. There is also a section on how to analyze disk and ray flower...

View Resource Asteraceae: Wildflowers of the Aster/Sunflower Family (Composite/Compositae)

This site (part of naturalist Thomas J. Elpel's larger Wildflowers and Weeds website) exhibits clear photographs of members of the Dandelion Subfamily; and members of a number of tribes in the Aster Subfamily such as the Artichoke Tribe, Chamomile Tribe, Groundsel Tribe, and Sunflower Tribe.

View Resource Family: Asteraceae

This site from Dave's Garden (a Texas-based software company) provides a multitude of images and profiles of members of Asteraceae that are used in gardening with information about spacing, sun exposure, hardiness zones, bloom time, and more. Look for the Chocolate Cosmos, Cosmos atrosanguieneus!

View Resource Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses

This great online field guide for the wildflowers and grasses of Kansas was created by Professor Mike Haddock, Science Libraries Web Coordinator and Agriculture Librarian at Kansas State University. The site utilizes "more than 1600 identification photos for some 380 species of forbs, grasses, sedges, rushes, and woody plants that are found growing in Kansas." Professor Haddock's well-organized...

View Resource Butterfly Gardening

This Planting a Butterfly Garden website from Monarch Watch is a great introductory resource for teachers interested in starting an educational butterfly garden at their school. This site provides several useful information pages including Good Nectar Sources and lists of Larval Host Plants organized both by butterfly and by plant. The site also features a simple step-by-step teacher's guide...

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