Monthly Archives: May 2013

Sulphur Shelf (Laetiporus sulphureus)

This mushroom is found worldwide and is edible. It is also known as “chicken of the woods” because it apparently tastes like chicken. I haven’t tried it! It reminds my of candy corn.

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Dewberry (Rubus flagellaris)

This little flower will eventually turn into a tasty little berry. Dewberry is commonly applied to any blackberry or raspberry with a prostrate stem.

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Bird’s – eye Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys)

I find this little flower in the same spot every year. It’s an introduced species and can apparently be quite invasive.

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Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum)

This wildflower opens during the day, and closes at night. It’s an aggressive little flower that can push out native plants.

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Pink Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium acaule)

Ths might be the most common orchid in the northeast, but I still get excited each May when these beauties are blooming. This spot had about 100 growing.

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Thyme-leaved speedwell (Veronica serpyllifolia)

This small flower is a tough one to spot. It’s quite striking with its purple veins running throughout the flower.

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Celandine (Chelidonium majus)

This plant is not related to Lesser Celandine (buttercup family) the invasive flower that is blooming all over the place now. This plant (poppy family) is still considered an invasive brought over from Europe, but this is my first spotting … Continue reading

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Kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

This is a tiny flower that blooms in early spring. It’s leaves are kidney shaped, and the flower is quite amazing when looked at up close. This species is also known as Little-leafed buttercup.

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Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Probably the most recognized wildflower/weed, depending on how you look at it. These flowers are edible and extremely important to bees because of the early season nectar and pollen they provide.

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