What Wildflower Begins Blooming This Week?


Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words.

They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.

Lydia M. Child


During each growing season (late March through September), I will post an article each week featuring a local wildflower that begins blooming at that time.

Each article contains:

  • a table of factoids about the plant (e.g., common and scientific names; number of regular plant parts of the flower or whether the flower has irregular or indistinguishable flower parts; an indication of whether it is native, introduced or invasive, etc.),
  • plant description and identifying characteristics,
  • some folklore,
  • info regarding any culinary or medicinal uses of the plant,
  • some info regarding its value to wildlife, and
  • where you can find the plant locally.

For my subscribers, you’ll automatically be notified when I post the next segment of this ongoing series.  Otherwise, simply check back and view the homepage to read the latest segment.  Past posts are listed below.  Read on!

Wildflowers that begin blooming in

late March:

  • Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) = posted 3/20/2021
  • Red Maple (Acer rubrum) = posted 3/26/2022
  • Beaked Hazelnut (Corylus cornuta) = Check back in late March 2023

April week 1:

April week 2:

  • Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) = posted 4/10/2021
  • Carolina Spring Beauty (Claytonia caroliniana) = posted 4/9/2022
  • Leatherwood (Dirca palustris) = Check back in early April 2023

April week 3:

  • Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) = posted on 4/17/2021
  • Canadian Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense) = posted 4/16/2022
  • Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) and Early Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum giganteum) = Check back in mid-April 2023

April week 4:

  • Hobblebush (Viburnum lantanoides) = posted on 4/24/2021
  • American Fly Honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis) = posted 4/23/2022
  • Cut-leaved Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata) = Check back in late April 2023

May week 1:

  • Miterwort (Mitella diphylla) = posted on 5/1/2021
  • Early Meadow Rue (Thalictrum dioicum) = posted 5/7/2022
  • Fringed Polygala (Polygaloides paucifolia) = Check back in early May 2023

May week 2:

  • Yellow Clintonia (Clintonia borealis) = posted on 5/9/2021
  • Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefolia) = posted on 5/14/2022
  • Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) = Check back in mid-May 2023

May week 3:

  • American Bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia) = posted on 5/15/2021
  • Early Azalea (Rhododendron prinophyllum) = posted on 5/21/2022
  • Glaucous Honeysuckle (Lonicera dioica) = Check back in late May 2023

May week 4:

  • Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago) = posted on 5/23/2021
  • Orange-fruited Horse Gentian (Triosteum aurantiacum) = posted on 5/28/2022
  • Philadelphia Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) = Check back in late May 2023

June week 1:

  • American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) = posted 6/6/2020
  • Great Angelica (Angelica atropurpurea) = posted on 6/5/2021
  • Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum) = posted on 6/4/2022
  • Lance-leaved Figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata) = Check back in early June 2023

June week 2:

June week 3:

  • Spreading Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium) = posted 6/20/2020
  • New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus) = posted on 6/19/2021
  • Shinleaf (Pyrola elliptica) = posted on 6/18/2022
  • Maleberry (Lyonia ligustrina) = Check back in mid-June 2023

June week 4:

  • Enchanter’s Nightshade (Circaea canadensis) = posted 6/27/2020
  • Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata) = posted 6/26/2021
  • Fringed Loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata) = Check back in late June 2022
  • Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) = Check back in late June 2023

July week 1:

  • American Basswood (Tilia americana var. americana) = posted 7/4/2020
  • Mad-dog Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) = posted 7/3/2021
  • Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) = Check back in early July 2022
  • Ditch Stonecrop (Penthorum sedoides) = Check back in early July 2023

July week 2:

  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) = posted 7/11/2020
  • Canada Lily (Lilium canadense) = posted 7/10/2021
  • Common Bladderwort (Utricularia vulgaris ssp. macrorhiza) = Check back in early July 2022
  • Water Horehound (Lycopus americanus) = Check back in early July 2023

July week 3:

  • Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens) = posted 7/18/2020
  • Striped Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata) = posted 7/17/2021
  • Trumpetweed (Eutrochium fistulosum) = Check back in mid-July 2022
  • Common Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia) = Check back in mid-July 2023

July week 4:

  • Virgin’s Bower (Clematis virginiana) = posted 7/24/2020
  • Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) = posted 7/24/2021
  • Pale Jewelweed (Impatiens pallida) = Check back in late July 2022
  • Wild Bean (Apios americana) = Check back in late July 2023

August week 1:

  • Great Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) = posted 8/1/2020
  • Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) = posted 8/7/2021
  • Wild Cucumber (Echinocystis lobata) = Check back in early August 2022
  • Bulb-bearing Water Hemlock (Cicuta bulbifera) = Check back in early August 2023

August week 2:

  • Hog Peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata) = posted 8/8/2020
  • Blue Curls (Trichostema dichotomum) = posted 8/14/2021
  • Tall Blue Lettuce (Lactuca biennis) = Check back in mid-August 2022
  • Horse Balm (Collinsonia canadensis) = Check back in mid-August 2023

August week 3:

  • Whorled Aster (Oclemena acuminata) = posted 8/15/2020
  • Beechdrops (Epifagus virginiana) = posted 8/21/2021
  • Late Coralroot (Corallorhiza odontorhiza) = Check back in late August 2022
  • Large-leaved Aster (Eurybia macrophylla) = Check back in late August 2023

August week 4:

  • Blue-stemmed Goldenrod (Solidago caesia) = posted 8/22/2020
  • Flat-topped Goldentop (Euthamia graminifolia) = posted 8/28/2021
  • Slender Gerardia (Agalinis tenuifolia) = Check back in late August 2022
  • Wavy-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum undulatum) = Check in late August 2023

September week 1:

  • New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) = posted 9/5/2020
  • Turtlehead (Chelone glabra) = posted 9/4/2021
  • Nodding Bur Marigold (Bidens cernua) = Check back in early September 2022
  • New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis) = Check back in early September 2023

September week 2:

October:

Looks like the time has come to begin pondering the arrival of next year’s blooms…

Happy trails!