Wisconsin Wildflowers or Invasives

Wisconsin Wildflowers or Invasives

Wisconsin wildflowers or invasives. Most of the photographs were taken while on walks along paths and through the woods. Well, at least I tell everyone I’m going for a walk. Really, I’m just exploring my options for photographing. Shhh! Don’t tell.


Wisconsin Wildflowers or Invasives

Listing of Wisconsin wildflowers or invasive woodland, meadow and forest plants. Plus a variety of trees, bushes and vines.

There are a few plants that many believe to be wildflowers, including me at one point- that is why they are on this page.


White Wildflowers, Weeds & Invasives

Snowdrop Flowers

Snowdrops

You can find these white beauties blooming through the snow during the early spring in Wisconsin. They are escapees from gardens.

White campion is a weed, and not a wildflower. It grows in most open habitats, particularly wasteland and fields, most commonly on neutral to alkaline soils.

White Campion

White campion is a weed and not a wildflower. It grows in most open habitats, particularly wasteland and fields, most commonly on neutral to alkaline soils.

Mayapple Wildflower - Large umbrella like green plant that will produce a small white flower under the umbrella.

Mayapple

The mayapple wildflower is native to WI and isn’t an impressively showy plant.

Unless you count the leaf size, which can grow up to 16 inches across and for its vast clumping of the plant and abilities to carpet an entire forest floor.

White Baneberry Dolls Eyes Wildflower

Dolls Eyes

White baneberry doll’s eyes begin its life with fuzzy white flowers on a green stem and later develop white berries with a black dot in the middle.


Pink, Purple, & Blue Wildflowers Weeds & Invasives

Spiderwort Wildflower

Spiderwort

The three-petaled spiderwort native wildflowers are usually blue to a variety of purples, but may also be pink, white or red.

The flowers only remain open for a day, They bloom during the morning hours and close for the night.

The endangered Dwarf Lake Iris wildflower is a miniature iris that grows nowhere else in the world but in the Great Lakes Region. Found only in Michigan, Manitoulin Island and the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, and the Door Peninsula of Wisconsin. It is especially concentrated along certain stretches of the Great Lakes shoreline.

Dwarf Lake Iris

The endangered Dwarf Lake Iris is a native miniature iris that grows nowhere else in the world but in the Great Lakes Region. It is especially concentrated along certain stretches of the Great Lakes shoreline.

Bittersweet Nightshade Wildflower Bittersweet Nightshade Wildflower - Known as Bittersweet Nightshade, this dainty flower is easily identified by its five dark to mid-purple flowers with pointed yellow center, and sits on a weak vine. Other Names For Bittersweet Nightshade Wildflower The wildflower goes by so many names. Solanum dulcamara, bittersweet, bittersweet nightshade, bitter nightshade, blue bindweed, Amara Dulcis,climbing nightshade, fellenwort, felonwood, poisonberry, poison flower, scarlet berry, snakeberry, trailing bittersweet, trailing nightshade, violet bloom, woody nightshade.

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade is an introduced weedy flower. This dainty flower is easily identified by its five dark to mid-purple flowers with a pointed yellow center and sits on a weak vine.

Crocus Flowers Wildflower

Crocus

This variety of crocus is another garden escapee and can be found peeking out of the snow in early spring found in meadow.s and bordering forest areas The spice saffron is obtained from the stigmas of a type called Crocus sativus, an autumn-blooming species.

Trout Lily Wildflower Wisconsin- found in a variety of colors ranging from pinks, purples and white.  Loves woodland areas.

Trout Lily

Blooms April into early May.

Gets its name from it’s spotted pattern on the leaves which look a lot like the pattern on a Trout.

Some people also call the flower a Dogtooth Violet, I always giggle because it is not a violet at all, it is a lily.

The flower comes in cream, yellow, pink and mauve.

Purple Gaywing Wildflower - pink or purple colored orchid like wildflower.

Purple Gaywing

This purple Gaywing wildflower is often mistaken for an orchid. It goes by the names of Fringed Polygala, Gaywings or Flowering Wintergreen.

The forget me not wildflower is a blue and yellow perennial wildflower that is most often found in woodland gardens, along creek beds or in wetland areas with rich soil.  The will tolerate sun and shade but likes damp soil.

Forget Me Knot

The forget me not wildflower is a perennial wildflower that is most often found in woodland gardens, along creek beds or in wetland areas with rich soil.  They will tolerate sun and shade but like damp soil.

Eastern Columbine Wisconsin Wildflower - can be pink and yellow or red and yellow.

Eastern Columbine

Comes in pink, peachy colors and reds. Columbine grows to a height of 1-2 feet in the partial shade and in areas of filtered sun. Tiny, black seeds ripen at various times within the flower’s life cycle.

Invasive cow vetch plant send up cascading pea-flower shaped purple and violet flowers that bloom from late spring to late summer.

Cow Vetch

Invasive Cow vetch is widely used as a forage crop for cattle and is beneficial to other plants because, like other leguminous plants, it enriches the soil in which it grows by its nitrogen-fixing properties. Although, it is considered an invasive plant in many areas.

Chicory is known for its electric blue flowers, creating a spectacular summer show along roadsides, ditches and fields.

It is not a native wildflower to the United States and has the potential to become invasive in areas,

Chicory

Chicory is known for its electric blue flowers, creating a spectacular summer show along roadsides, ditches, and fields.

It is not a native wildflower to the United States and has the potential to become invasive in areas, but under managed care, it is popular for deer plots and food cultivation.

Dune Thistle Flower Wildflower - endangered pink flowered thistle that is found mainly on sand dunes along the Great Lakes.

Dune Thistle Flower

This native thistle is so rare that it is listed both by the State of Wisconsin and by the federal government as “threatened.” Its habitat, the Great Lakes dunes that are also threatened.

Jack in the pulpit wildflower in Wisconsin- odd green flower with purple stripes found on forest floors and damp woods.

Jack in the Pulpit

A common woodland plant that produces purple-spotted and striped leaves in the spring (April–May).

Early Meadow Rue Wildflower - purple and yellow bell shaped flowers.

Early Meadow Rue

Early Meadow rue is generally found in places that have not been disturbed by human interaction.

The native flowers are bell-shaped and produce yellow hanging flowers.

This hitchhiking burdock is the reason we have VELCRO today. A Swiss inventor in the 1940's studied the burdocks hook system under the microscope. The burdock had attached themselves to his clothes and his dog's fur while walking in the woods.

Burdock

The hitchhiking pest, Arctium minus or as it is more commonly known,”burdock.” Did you know it is a wildflower?


Orange & Red, Wildflowers Weeds & Invasives

Cardinal Wildflower

Cardinal Wildflower

The cardinal wildflower is a native Wisconsin perennial. It consists of many bright red tubular flowers. The tubular flowers are arranged in an elongated cluster.


Yellow Wildflowers, Weeds, & Invasives

Wisconsin and Midwest Wildflowers Trees and Invasives

Downy Yellow Violet

The Downy Yellow Violet is found in woodland areas during the months of April and May in Wisconsin. They like rich, dry soil.

Yellow Flag Iris Wildflower

Yellow Flag Iris

Yellow flag iris is a showy perennial plant that can grow in a range of conditions from drier upland sites, to wetlands, to floating aquatic mats.

Yellow Bell Wildflower

Yellow Bell Flower

The yellow bell wildflower is one of the first wildflowers to bloom in the spring. As soon as the snow melts, they pop up.  The blooms do not last long.

Yellow Wildflowers, Weeds, & Invasives
Wisconsin and Midwest Wildflowers Trees and Invasives
Downy Yellow Violet

The Downy Yellow Violet is found in woodland areas during the months of April and May in Wisconsin. They like rich, dry soil.

Yellow Flag Iris Wildflower
Yellow Flag Iris

Yellow flag iris is a showy perennial plant that can grow in a range of conditions from drier upland sites, to wetlands, to floating aquatic mats.

This iris can take over areas quickly and is invasive.

Considered invasive in Wisconsin.

Yellow Bell Wildflower
Yellow Bell Flower

The yellow bell wildflower is one of the first wildflowers to bloom in the spring. As soon as the snow melts, they pop up.  The blooms do not last long.

Marsh Marigold

The marsh marigold is one of the earliest wetland plants to bloom after the winter snow has melted with it’s beautiful, yellow blooms that herald spring is here.


Trees, Bushes & Vines

Showy Bush Honeysuckle

Showy Bush Honeysuckle

Showy bush honeysuckle are easy botanicals to pick out in the spring landscape of Wisconsin because they are green and most likely, flowering before additional trees and plants because they are not native to the area.

Wild Blackcaps

Wild Black Cap Berries

Referenced as wild blackcap brambles, wild black raspberry, black caps, black cap raspberry, thimbleberry, and Scotch cap.

Scientific Name: Rubus occidentalis

Deciduous shrub growing to 2–3 m (7–10 feet) tall, with prickly shoots and sweet black berries.


Midwest Wildflower Mix

  • Super easy way to fill in a large garden area with wildflowers.
  • 60% Annual, 40% Perennial Species; 100% Pure Seed, No Fillers
  • A classic and easy to grow wildflower mix!
  • Prefers full sun exposure; Specially Formulated for Midwestern States

Row 1: Red Corn Poppy (a), Shirley Poppy (a), CA Poppy (a), Wallflower (b), Drummond Phlox (a).

Row 2: Blanket Flower, Russel Lupine (p), Wild Perennial Lupine (p), Mexican Hat (p), Indian Blanket (a).

Row 3: Gloriosa Daisy (p), Sweet William (b), Red Flax (a), Blue Flax (a), Plains Coreopsis (a).

Row 4: Tall Cornflower (a), Sulphur Cosmos (a), Sensation Cosmos (a), Lance-Leaf Coreopsis (a), Dwarf Cornflower (a).

Row 5: Baby’s Breath (a), Black Eyed Susan (b), Candytuft (a), Coneflower (p), Prairie Coneflower (p).

(a) = Annual (b)= Biennials (p)= Perennials

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