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Jack in the Pulpit

Jack in the pulpit wildflower in Wisconsin

Jack in the Pulpit

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

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Crocus Flowers

Crocus Flowers

Crocus Flowers – Macro Photography of Spring Flowers

Today, it is macro photography.  Protection from the wet, thick fog in the woods was a decision easily made by me this morning.  Looking to find signs of spring wildflowers.

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Forget Me Not Wildflower

Forget Me Not Wildflower- Wisconsin 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.

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.
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Cardinal Wildflower

Cardinal Wildflower - A fun fact about the wildflower was that it was named after the bright red robes worn by Roman Catholic cardinals. Flowers are primarily pollinated by hummingbirds. Other insects find it difficult to navigate the long tubular flowers. The wildflower is becoming scarcer due to overpicking in some areas.





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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Wild Blackcaps and Wildflowers

Wild Blackcaps - Other names occasionally used include wild black raspberry, black caps, black cap raspberry, thimbleberry, and scotch cap. Rubus occidentalis is a deciduous shrub growing to 2–3 m (7–10 feet) tall, with prickly shoots.

Wild Blackcaps and Wildflowers

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Purple Gaywing Wildflower

Purple Gaywing Wildflower - This Gaywing wildflower is often mistaken for an orchid. It goes by the names of Fringed Polygala, Gaywings or Flowering Wintergreen. The plant usually flowers in spring and early summer. The plant produces compounds thought to increase milk production in nursing mammals.

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.

 

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.

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Eastern Columbine Wisconsin Wildflower

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.

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.


Plant Characteristics:
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.

Collecting Seeds
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.

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Eastern Red Columbine Wildflower

Eastern Red Columbine Wildflower - is a perennial flower that grows up to two feet high, The flower has showy red and yellow petals and it's stamens curl upward as it ages. You can find this wildflower growing along river banks and woodland areas in Wisconsin. The wildflowers blooms attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. 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 suppose to help attract love .


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:
• Eastern Columbine
• 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.
• 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:
• 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 - Also known by: Fritillaria pudica, yellow bells, yellow fritillary, yellow missionbells. Grows along riverbanks & other open, sunny areas.

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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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.

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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.

 

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

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