How exciting it is to finally dip our little toes into Spring! I've greatly been enjoying trips to the woodlands and I'm delighted to share with you some of the native northwoods wildflowers I've spotted so far...
One of the first Spring wildflowers to appear are the Spring Beauties (Claytonia virginica). They are very dainty little plants, with sweet little pink stripes that run along the flower's petals. The flowers are about the size of a small pinky finger tip. Another, fun little name that I recently learned for this flower is "Fairy Spuds", rightly named by their little tuberous roots.
|"Spring Beauties" a.k.a. "Fairy Spuds"|
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) is such a beautiful plant! The fruits of the blue cohosh are a very pretty "blue", but are poisonous to ingest. It's amazing to me how the colour of this plant's flower vary. Sometimes I've seen the petals as light yellow and here, they take on a very purplish/blue hue. The roots are used medicinally.
|"Blue Cohosh" Flowers|
|"Blue Cohosh" Leaves|
I love the mottled leaves of the Yellow Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum). This is such an elusive wildflower to photograph! Rarely, am I able to take one that isn't blurry - I do wonder about that!
|"Yellow Trout Lily"|
Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) a.k.a "Wake Robin" is a protected wildflower in Michigan (as really ALL wildflowers should be - I believe).
Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria). Perhaps it was once the fashion? : )
Ooh...one of my favourites (and I know I shouldn't)! I jump with joy at the sight of this wildflower. Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum). The fruit of this plant is a clump of red, poisonous berries, spotted in the Autumn.
Smooth Soloman's Seal (Polygonatum biflorum)
|"Smooth Soloman's Seal"|
Large-Flowered Bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)
Broadleaf Toothwort (Dentaria diphylla). The scent of this plant's little flowers is delectable!
Fringed Polygala (Polygala paucifolia) a.k.a. "Gaywings". Happily taking flight along the forest floor.
Wild Strawberry Blossoms (Fragaria virginiana)
|"Wild Strawberry Blossoms"|
Although not a wildflower, but a dear and beloved Fungus! I found one of my favourite mushrooms on the trail, called Pixie Cups. They are so teeny tiny, and always give me the most wondrous smile inside.
Fern Frond. A magical sight to behold.
|"Beetle Juice, Beetle Juice, Beetle Juice"|
|"The Green Man"|
I do hope you've enjoyed taking this little wildflower blog walk with me. There are so many other wildflowers yet to be found, and many from year's past that I have not included, as it just seems right to share my current adventure finds. The sharing is such a joyful and significant part of all that I do, and I thank you for being here to share it with me!
Yours in Wildflower Bliss,