With the emergence and blooming of spring wildflowers now well underway, I wanted to offer this sampler – a bouquet if you will – of the blooming sequence of some wildflowers I’ve observed thus far.
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NOTE: Wild Strawberries can be distinguished from Wood Strawberries by examining the relationship of the leaves to the blooms (or, later, to the fruit). The leaves of Wild Strawberry (shown above) are typically above the blooms/fruits; the leaves of Wood Strawberry (shown below) are nearly always below the blooms/fruits. Both species are common throughout our area and are frequently found together.
NOTE: Jack-in-the-Pulpit (shown above) exhibits purple coloration, even if only sparingly. Northern Jack-in-the-Pulpit (shown below) does not exhibit any purple coloration. Both species are relatively common throughout our area and are often found together.
NOTE: The scent of this bloom resembles lily-of-the-valley, hence its other common name, False Lily-of-the-Valley. When found together as a large cluster and in full bloom, these tiny flowers produce a surprisingly potent perfume. I recommend hiking the loop trail at Ann Lee Pond Nature & Historic Preserve when these are in full bloom (later this month and into very early June) if you’d like to experience this olfactory delight.
NOTE: When crushed, the blooms of this plant smell like fresh-cut pineapple. View this recipe for tea.
May and June are the best times to view the most species of blooming wildflowers in whatever types of habitat that your nature outings explore. Wondering where to visit next? Check out my Area Nature Preserves, Parks and Trails page for inspiration.