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Wildflowers & Invasive Plants

Wisconsin Wildflowers and Invasives

Wisconsin wildflowers and 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.

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Dune Thistle Flower

Dune Thistle Flower Wildflower

Dune Thistle Flower

 

Known As: Dune Thistle
Scientific Name: Cirsium Pitcheri  
Wisconsin Status: Threatened
Federal Status: Threatened

Dune Thistle

This 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.

I Find Them While Hiking Here:
Ridges Sanctuary Door County Wisconsin
Whitefish Dunes State Park Door County Wisconsin

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Cardinal Wildflower

Cardinal Wildflower


Cardinal Wildflower


Information: 
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.

 


3  Facts About The Cardinal Flower

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.

 

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Red Columbine Wildflower

Wildflowers & Invasive Plants


Red Columbine Wildflower

Not exactly sure what draws me to the red columbine wildflower. Is it the curvy lines?  The color? Perhaps, because I see them selectively?

 

Known As:
• Red Columbine
• Canadian or Canada Columbine
• Wild Columbine

Scientific Name:
Aquilegia Canadensis

(Native) Family:
Ranunculaceae – Buttercup family

 

What Is It & Where Can You Find It In Wisconsin?
• A native 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.
• Likes dry conditions, & sandy, loamy soils

Collecting Seeds
• 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.

Bloom Time In Wisconsin?
• April to June

 

What It Attracts:
• Bees
• Butterflies
• Hummingbirds.

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.

 

 

 

 

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Yellow Bell Wildflower

Yellow Bell Wildflower

Yellow Bell Wildflower

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

Blooming Time:
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.

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