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Dune Thistle Flower

Dune Thistle Flower Wildflower Endangered Great Lakes Dune Thistle

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


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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Where is it Found?
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Plant Characteristics:
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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?

 

Known As:
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• Canadian or Canada Columbine
• Wild Columbine

Scientific Name:
Actaea Pachypoda

(Native) Family:
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.

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.
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• 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:
• 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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