Monthly Archives: April 2013

Sessile Bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia)

I found a colony of these along a trail I walk frequently. They have six petals that all curve out at their tip. This species is also known as “wild oats”.

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Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefola)

These simple flowers might not be the flashiest in the forest, but they have a simple beauty to them. They are also know as “wind flowers” due to their slender stalk that moves around after the faintest breeze.

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Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

This wildflower is highly invasive and can take over an area. It prefers shady areas. When you crush the leaves they omit a garlicky smell.

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Dwarf Ginseng (Panax trifolius)

This is a beautiful little flower. It is tiny and incredibly symmetrical. Eating the root can apparently help with a headache.

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Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Went for a quick walk tonight and saw my first “jack”. It’s a unique plant that gets its strange name from its flower. It’s flower rests in a pouch with an overhanging hood. The plant will eventually produce a bunch … Continue reading

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Periwinkle (Vinca minor)

This flower is highly invasive. It is an early bloomer and creates a thick mat covering the ground. Unfortunately this pushes out other native species.

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Red Trillium (Trillium erectus)

I went on a quick walk with my son this morning specifically looking for this flower. One minute on the trail and we spotted a couple. This trillium has a smell that resembles rotting meat. It uses this to aid … Continue reading

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Mouse-eared Chickweed (Cerastium fontanum)

This little wildflower is found all over the place. Each petal looks like a pair of mouse ears.

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Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)

I expect to see many more of these in the upcoming weeks. This flower is a sign that spring is here. They have an edible tuber that can be eaten. I have never tasted it, but it apparently tastes like … Continue reading

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Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

I’ve been looking for these species for a few days now. It closely resembles Lesser Celandine. The invasive species that is currently blanketing every patch of open space in my neighborhood. Marsh Marigold is a native species and has a … Continue reading

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