2014 Wildflower of the Year

The New York Flora Association (NYFA) has just announced that the Cardinal Flower is the 2014 Wildflower of the Year.  Please be sure to read all about it on their web site – lots of great information and photos can be found there.

Have you ever seen this beautiful bloom in its natural environment?  It begins to bloom in late July or early August.

Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower

Of all the local preserves that I have thus far inventoried, I have observed this plant only at Town Park nature trails, in the wetland restoration area along the North Meadow Loop.

Wetland restoration area along North Meadow Loop - Town Park nature trails

Wetland restoration area along North Meadow Loop – Town Park nature trails

If you know of other locations where this plant grows, please send locality information to nyflora1@gmail.com.

A friendly reminder:  spring is just 11 days away.  Happy trails!

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