Tag Archives: Wildflower

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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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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New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

This is one of my favorites. It’s also one of the only asters I can identify without having to dig deep into my books. They can get quite tall and last late into October.

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Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

This plant blooms in late summer or fall. The common name is based on an old use of inhaling dried leaves that would cause a person to sneeze. The sneezing would apparently get rid of evil spirits that were in … Continue reading

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Asiatic Dayflower (Commelina communis)

This brightly colored flower is from Asia and is extremely invasive. It gets the name dayflower because its bloom lasts for a day. Blooms last a bit longer in cooler, cloudy weather. This flower is all over my neighborhood.

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