Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spring Wildflowers - What to expect in March and April

Although it doesn't seem like it right now, wildflower season is almost upon us.  Some species in Mid-Michigan begin blooming in March (or even February) and many more follow in April.

Here are some of the wildflowers that you can normally expect to see in the Great Lakes and Northeast in the coming six weeks - we shall see what happens once the snow and ice actually melt.

March Wildflowers

All of these species will continue blooming through April.

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) - Click for Species Profile

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia)

Cut-leaved Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata)

Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) - Click for More Information

Yellow Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) - Click for More Information

April Wildflowers

The above species continue blooming April and are joined the following species.  Many of these species will continue to bloom into late May or early June.

Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

Broad-leafed Toothwort (Cardamine diphylla)

Dog Violet (Viola conspersa)

Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) - Click for Species Profile

False Rue-anemone (Enemion biternatum)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Large-Flowered Bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora) - Click for Species Profile

Large-flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) - Click for Species Profile

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) - Click for Species Profile

Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) - Click for Species Profile
Pussy-toes (Antennaria spp.)

Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) - Click for Species Profile

Squirrel Corn (Dicentra canadensis)

Swamp Buttercup (Ranunculus hispidus) - Click for Species Profile
Two-leaf Mitrewort (Mitella diphylla) - Click for Species Profile

White Trout Lily (Eythronium albidum) - Click for More Information

Wild Blue Phlox (Phlox divaricata) - Click for More Information

Wild Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense) - Click for Species Profile

Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

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