Jack in the Pulpit
A common woodland plant that produces purple-spotted and striped leaves in the spring (April–May).
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. The plant’s stalk height reaches 2-4 feet during the months of July, August and September. It is found in shaded areas along creeks, streams and swamps.
1.) The wildflower was that it was named after the bright red robes worn by Roman Catholic cardinals.
2.) Flowers are primarily pollinated by hummingbirds. Other insects find it difficult to navigate the long tubular flowers.
3.) The wildflower is becoming scarcer due to overpicking in some areas.
Often Mistaken for:
This purple Gaywing wildflower is often mistaken for an orchid. It goes by the names of Fringed Polygala, Gaywings or Flowering Wintergreen.
When Does it Flower?
The plant usually flowers in spring and early summer. Producing compounds thought to increase milk production in nursing mammals.
Where is it Found?
Usually found in colonies in mossy covered areas. Which makes the striking pink color really pop.
Eastern Columbine Wisconsin Wildflower
In the spring, I wander around the woods, meadows and walking paths for wildflowers. Today, I found the Eastern Columbine Wisconsin Wildflower.
Columbine grows to a height of 1-2 feet in partial shade and in areas of filtered sun. Tiny, black seeds ripen at various times within the flowers life cycle.
The seeds can be collected by hand from August to October by gently tapping the old flowering head. Seeds can be dried in open paper bags for about two weeks. You should store the dry seed in sealed, plastic bags and keep them in the refrigerator until you are ready to plant them. Seeds will stay viable with this method for 3 years.
Eastern Red Columbine Wildflower
Not exactly sure what draws me to the Eastern red columbine wildflower. Is it the curvy lines? The color? Perhaps, because I see them selectively?
• Eastern Columbine
• Canadian or Canada Columbine
• Wild Columbine
Ranunculaceae – Buttercup family
What Is It & Where Can You Find It In Wisconsin?
• A perennial flower that grows up to two feet high.
• Growing along river banks & woodland areas
• Likes partial shade and areas of filtered sun.
• Flower has showy red and yellow petals and it’s stamens curl upward as it ages.
• Tiny, black seeds ripen at various times within the flowers life cycle.
• Collect seed by hand from August to October.
• Gently tap the old flowering head into a paper bag.
• Seeds can be dried in open paper bags for about two weeks.
• Store dry seed in sealed, plastic bags in refrigerator until you are ready to plant them.
• Seeds will stay viable with this method for 3 years.
Where Can You Find It In Wisconsin?
• Growing along river banks
• Woodland areas
What It Attracts:
Native American Use:
Once the plant went to seed, It has been said that the Native American men would crush the seeds and rub them onto their skin. It was supposed to help attract love.
It is the whole LOVE factor that has me interested. I understand the attraction to the flower.
In the wild, the yellow bell wildflower grows along riverbanks and other open, sunny areas with adequate rainfall and a perpetually moist substrate. The plants do not tolerate shade or salty or alkaline soils, and they are sensitive to frost.
Names This Wildflower Goes By:
This wildflower is known by the following names: Fritillaria pudica, yellow bells, yellow fritillary, yellow mission bells
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.
What They Look Like:
The flowers have one stem with a solitary bell-shaped, yellow flower that pops up from a bulb.The head of the flower points down, toward the ground. Occasionally, but rare, the stem might have two flower heads.
They grow rapidly, sometimes spreading 3 meters per year. They can be propagated from cuttings or by collecting seed pods.