Chicory is known for its electric blue flowers, creating a spectacular summer show along roadsides, ditches and fields.Read More
The mayapple plants scientific name is Podophyllum peltatum and is part of my running Wisconsin wildflower collection. The mayapple wildflower in Wisconsin was found on one of my walks through the Wisconsin woodland areas.
Dune Thistle Flower
Known As: Dune Thistle
Scientific Name: Cirsium Pitcheri
Wisconsin Status: Threatened
Federal Status: Threatened
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.
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.
The three-petaled spiderwort wildflowers are usually blue to a variety of purples, but may also be pink, white or red.
Jack in the Pulpit
A common woodland plant that produces purple-spotted and striped leaves in the spring (April–May).
Early Meadowrue is generally found in places that have not been disturbed by human interaction.
The woods are blooming full of trout lily in Wisconsin. I have been lucky to track down each of the varieties, except the pink variety this year thus far.
Today I went out and collected mulberries and I can’t wait to get started making a variety of treats, freezing and drying them. What are mulberries? What can you use them for? Read on.
Crocus flowers are some of the spring signs of spring wildflowers. Protection from the wet, thick fog in the woods was a decision easily made by me this morning. I kept my eyes out for new signs of spring.
I’ve heard people state snowdrop flowers are wildflowers. It is true, some grow in the wild in meadows and woodland areas. Can’t argue with you on this fact. I find them all the time. I just have never found a source that states they are true wildflowers.
Forget Me Not Wildflower
Where They Are Found:
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. The will tolerate sun and shade but like damp soil.
All Mushrooms Are Edible
All mushrooms are edible, but some only once. That was today’s lesson.
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.
Additional Posts that May Interest You:
All Wisconsin Wildflower Posts / Flowers that Attract Hummingbirds
Wild Blackcaps and Wildflowers
It is a hot one out there today. Bordering 90 degrees with a thick and humid barrier that makes you sweat the moment you open the door. The perfect day to go and forage for wild blackcaps and wildflowers on my path that is partially shaded by tall hardwoods.
Purple Gaywing Wildflower
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.
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.
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?
• Red Columbine
• Canadian or Canada Columbine
• Wild Columbine
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
• 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:
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.
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
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.
Endangered Dwarf Lake Iris Wildflower
The endangered Dwarf Lake Iris wildflower is a 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.
Found Only In
• Manitoulin Island and the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario
• The Door Peninsula of Wisconsin.
Where Was It Photographed:
This dwarf iris was photographed in Door County last summer. The Door County peninsula, on the lakeside, grow this iris during the late spring and early summer. I love to go and hunt them down.
If I ever get around to getting my old photo files from previous computer (the hard drive is completely dead) I will upload additional pictures. If not, there is always hunting them down next year.
Hitchhiking Burdock. The hitchhiking pest, Arctium minus or as it is more commonly known,”burdock.” Did you know it is a wildflower?
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 a pointed yellow center, and sits on a weak vine.