Sunday, June 8, 2014

Maine Wildflowers in Bloom Now

Bunchberry ( Cornus Canadensis )
 Sometimes, amid the work associated with keeping an old house standing, you get to walk around and smell, well, not yet roses, but some of the lesser wildflowers that punctuate spring. This Bunchberry is so stalwart, I look forward to it every year down in the wet edge of the woodland. In the Dogwood family, you can see the similarities... heavily veined leaves and flowers that are sturdy. It is three inches off the ground in masses.

Mouse Ear Hawkweed ( Hieracium pilosella)

This Mouse Ear Hawkweed grows in large colonies in the grass. Small hairy basel rosettes bear one yellow flower. Sometimes it is confused with the later Indian Paintbrush. Like Pussytoes and Bluets they make up patches in the field.

Mocassin Flower or Pink Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium arietinum)
This is what we are always hoping to find this time of year..the Pink Lady's Slipper! Rare and endangered, they are very particular of their environment. They can be found in  woods with quite a bit of dappled sun, many pines and some decaying matter nearby.

Starflower (Trientalis borealis)
This little Starflower is everywhere in the the Primrose family.

Bluets ( Houstonia caerulea)

In the grass, these patches of Bluets are beautiful and special to those whose eyes are low to the ground. Visiting children can't resist picking huge clumps!

Wild Lily of the Valley ( Maianthemum canadense)
This very unobtrusive, yet sturdy little lily flower can be found in the woods or your shade garden. Keep your eye to the ground next time you are out to see what is blooming in your area.

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