Category Archives: wildflower

Narrow-leaved Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)

This native flower looks like grass, but after looking closely, you can see these beautiful clusters of blue flowers.   This plant belongs in the Iris Family.  There are roughly 75 species of Sisyrinchium native to the Western Hemisphere.  This … Continue reading

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Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

This colorful plant is a butterfly favorite. It’s flowers are a source of nectar for many butterflies and it’s leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly caterpillars. If you look closely at the pictures you can see tiny yellow … Continue reading

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Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)

This is one of my favorite early blooming wildflowers. The blossom has five pink striped petals that range from white to pale pink. This plant is apparently rare on Long Island, but at Shu Swamp it’s abundant.

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Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum)

The woods near my home is literally carpeted with these unique little flowers. They won’t be around much longer, but their mottled leaves will last when the flowers are long gone.

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Eastern Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)

Such a strange plant. Love how each year it actually grows deeper into the ground, so older plants are basically impossible to dig up, not that I would!

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Marsh Marigold (Calthra palustris)

This was the only one blooming on my hike yesterday. I always forget that all parts of this plant are quite poisonous to humans. Touching it can cause skin irritation. The woods near my home will soon be full of … Continue reading

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Crocus

It’s a start!

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Pennsylvania Smartweed (Polygonum pennsylvanicum)

Not many colorful plants still out there. This is all over and and quite beautiful. Many animals rely on this plant for food, plus Native Americans had many uses for it.

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White Clover (Trifolium repens)

This well recognized flower was introduced from Europe. It was brought over as a food source for livestock.

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Seven Angled Pipewort (Eriocaulon aquaticum)

This is a strange flower I found a couple of weeks ago in a old cranberry bog. The flower is quite small, and after discovering a few I noticed that the bog was actually covered with these. There are tiny … Continue reading

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