Spring Wildflowers

in Amazing Nature10 months ago

The spring wildflowers that inhabit my region of the world have been particularly abundant in recent months. From blankets of large white trilliums to the delicate, inconspicuous flowers of false mermaidweed, the variety and bounty of wild flowering plant species has been on full display.

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While walking through the low-lying riparian forests that criss-cross the glacial till landscapes across my region of the world, sneaking out the many species of local wildflowers often comes down to being in the right place at the right time. Though some species, such as the large white trilliums, are more hardy and lasting species, many others, like the fawn lilies, hepaticas, and bloodroots are exceptionally delicate and ephemeral. With too little rain, they will refuse to sprout, and with a late frost, they quickly vanish from the forest floor. Getting a chance to see these delicate beauties requires the careful tracking of the weather along with the knowledge of in which habitats to search.

Thankfully, I live very close to a beautiful park that is bisected by a pristine, winding stream. This sanctuary is home to a wide variety of local spring ephemerals, and a short walk through this park often reveals multiple floral species to the observant passerby. Below are some of the many flowering species that I have encountered this year while walking through this park and others like it nearby. I hope that you enjoy!

Large White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum):

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Largeflower Bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora):

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Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria):

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False Mermaidweed (Floerkea proserpinacoides):

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Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides):

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Squirrel Corn (Dicentra canadensis):

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Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica):

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Eastern Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus):

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Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica):

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Common Pawpaw (Asimina triloba):

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Bristly Buttercup (Ranunculus hispidus):

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Lesser Periwinkle (Vinca minor):

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Cut-leaved Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata):

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Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia):

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Downy Yellow Violet (Viola pubescens):

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Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum):

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Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum):

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Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris):

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Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida):

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Threeleaf Goldthread (Coptis trifolia):

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Small White Violet (Viola macloskeyi):

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Red Deadnettle (Lamium purpureum):

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Blue Phlox (Phlox divaricata):

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Common Grape Hyacinth (Muscari botryoides):

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European Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis):

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False Rue Anemone (Enemion biternatum):

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Fringed Polygala (Polygaloides paucifolia):

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Painted-cup Paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea):

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Two-leaved Toothwort(Cardamine diphylla):

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Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale):

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Star-flowered Lily-of-the-Valley (Maianthemum stellatum):

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White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda):

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Garden Yellowrocket (Barbarea vulgaris):

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Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum):

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Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea):

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Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis):

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Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata):

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Northern Starflower (Lysimachia borealis):

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Sundial Lupine(Lupinus perennis):

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Common Cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex):

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Common Dewberry (Rubus flagellaris):

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Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata):

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Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum):

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Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea):

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Guelder-Rose (Viburnum opulus):

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Solomon's Plume (Maianthemum racemosum):

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American Cancer-Root (Conopholis americana):

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Dame's Rocket (Hesperis matronalis):

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Canada Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense):

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Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum):

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Yellow Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum):

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