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Come July, the Goatsbeard has gone to seed. Its transformation from floral firework to a look more akin to a sea creature gives it an exotic presence in the midwestern meadow. With organized garden-tour travel canceled by covid, the wild blooms of U.S. National Parks offer a gardeners’ holiday. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is awash in native blooms. They include orange dune lily, purple beach pea, wind anemone, yellow Saint-John’s-wort and milkweed. Some wildflowers, the National Park Service says, such as the Pitcher’s thistle, are endangered species and found only in the dunes surrounding the Great Lakes. “I’ve been anthropomorphizing plants, and even rocks, a lot lately,” Tusa says. “Missing people.”