57 Photos - Jun 27, 2013
Photo: BluetsPhoto: BluetsPhoto: Bluets with astersPhoto: Bleeding Heart-Dicentra formosa will bloom from May to October and is a major attractor to butterflies. Native to western US, the Bleeding Heart plant, or Dicentra Formosa is an old-fashioned herbaceous perennial grown for its unusual heart shaped flowers.Photo: Photo: Canadian Anemone: Anemone Canadensis
In former times it was used medically by North American Indigenous peoples as an astringent and as a styptic for wounds, sores, nosebleeds, and as an eyewash. The root was respected by Plains tribes and used for many ailments.Photo: Canadian Anemone: Anemone CanadensisPhoto: Canadian Anemone: Anemone CanadensisPhoto: Canadian Anemone: Anemone CanadensisPhoto: Christmas Fern: Polystichum acrostichoides Christmas fern is an evergreen fern native to eastern North America from Nova Scotia west to Minnesota and south to Florida and eastern Texas. [1] It is one of the most common ferns in eastern North America, being found in a wide variety of habitats and locations.Chistmas fern got its name because it stays green right through the holiday season. Each individual leaflet suggests the shape of a Christmas stocking.Photo: Christmas Fern: Polystichum acrostichoidesPhoto: Cinnamon Fern: Osmunda cinnamomeaPhoto: Cinnamon Fern: Osmunda cinnamomea This fern has a wide distribution in North America. Habitats include low sandy woodlands, moist sand prairies, swamps & bogs, seeps and springs in wooded areas, moist sandstone ledges in partially shaded areas, and sandstone ravines. Its young skinny fronds are called "fiddleheads." Fiddleheads are eaten by White-tailed Deer and other animals.Photo: Cinnamon Fern: Osmunda cinnamomeaPhoto: Columbine: Aquilegia spp. Columbine belongs to a group of perennial plants that are found in meadows, woodlands, and at higher altitudes throughout the Northern Hemisphere. With bell-shaped flowers, columbine is a garden perennial with many colorful hybrid varieties to choose from. Columbine (also known as Granny's bonnet) is known for its distinctive, bell-shaped, spurred flowers, which bloom from mid-spring to early summer.Photo: Columbine: Aquilegia spp.Photo: Columbine: Aquilegia spp.Photo: Columbine: Aquilegia spp.Photo: Foamflower: Tiarella spp. Tiarella or foamflowers are native to the woodlands of North America and eastern Asia.  They are small plants with slightly hairy heart-shaped leaves that form clumps or spread by runners to make patches.Photo: Foamflower: Tiarella spp.Photo: Golden Glow Rudbeckia: laciniata hortensia
This perennial plant is native to Central and Eastern North America. Golden Glow Coneflower will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity. Edible young stems. Cooked and eaten in the spring for 'good health. The young stems can be eaten like celery. The stems can also be dried for later use. A green dye is obtained from the flowers.Photo: Golden Glow Rudbeckia: laciniata hortensiaPhoto: Horsetail:  Equisetum is a "living fossil" as it is the only living genus of the entire class Equisetopsida, which for over one hundred million years was much more diverse and dominated the understory of late Paleozoic forests. The genus Calamites of the family Calamitaceae, for example, is abundant in coal deposits from the Carboniferous period. The name "horsetail", often used for the entire group, arose because the branched species somewhat resemble a horse's tail.Photo: Horsetail:Photo: Maiden Hair Fern: Adiantum aleuticum)They are distinctive in appearance, with dark, often black stipes and rachises, and bright green, often delicately cut leaf tissue. The sori are borne submarginally, and are covered by reflexed flaps of leaf tissue which resemble indusia.Photo: Photo: Lambs Ear: S. lanata This plant is a perennial herbs usually densely covered with gray or silver-white, silky-lanate hairs. They are named lambs ears because of the curved shape and white, soft, fur like hair coating. Lamb's Ear flowers in late spring and early summer, plants produce tall spike-like stems with a few reduced leaves. The native range is central-eastern Turkey, to northern Iran.Photo: Lambs Ear: S. lanataPhoto: Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmariaPhoto: Meadowsweet: lipendula ulmaria This plant is a perennial herb in the family Rosaceae that grows in damp meadows. It is native throughout most of Europe and Western Asia (Near east and Middle east). It has been introduced and naturalised in North America.Photo: Batchelor ButtonPhoto: Penstemon Beard-tongue is a large genus of North American and East Asian flowering plants. Native Americans long used penstemon roots to relieve toothaches. hey have opposite leaves, partly tube-shaped, and two-lipped flowers and seed capsules. The most distinctive feature of the genus is the prominent staminode, an infertile stamen.Photo: PenstemonPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Red Twig Dogwood: Cornus sanguineaPhoto: Red Twig Dogwood: Cornus sanguinea
In the wild, it commonly grows in areas of damp soil, such as wetlands. It is a medium to tall deciduous shrub, growing 1.5–4 m tall and 3–5 m wide. Red twig dogwoods are fast-growing shrubs that form a loose, rounded multi-stemmed suckering plant. They are native to Northern North America.Photo: King Solomon's Seal: Polygonatum Solomon's Seal, is a genus of about 50 species of flowering plants. aditionally, Solomon's Seal purportedly alleviates a range of afflictions from menopause to broken bones.[citation needed] As a topical application, the root are said to expedite the healing of cuts and bruises, skin irritations and inflammations, and as a face wash is good for acne, blemishes and all kinds of imperfections of the skin. This plant is native to the U.S.Photo: King Solomon's Seal: PolygonatumPhoto: King Solomon's Seal: PolygonatumPhoto: Spiderwort: Tradescantia spp. Spiderwort flowers have a very short life - only a single morning - but each plant will produce 20 or more flowers per stem.  The petals quickly decompose after blooming. With their flower parts in threes (three petals and six stamens), Spiderworts show they are in the Monocot class. The sap is stick, resembling spider’s silk. This plant is native to Northeastern New England.Photo: Spiderwort: Tradescantia spp.Photo: Switchgrass: Panicum virgatum
A perennial warm season bunchgrass native to North America, where it occurs naturally from 55°N latitude in Canada southwards into the United States and Mexico. Switchgrass is one of the dominant species of the central North American tallgrass prairie and can be found in remnant prairies, in native grass pastures, and naturalized along roadsides.Photo: Switchgrass: Panicum virgatumPhoto: Trumpet Honeysuckle: Lonicera sempervirens This plant is native to Northeastern New England. The brightly colored blooms of trumpet honeysuckle vines flower from mid spring through the end of summer and on into fall. These fragrant blooms are very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. The berries attract birds, which eat them.Photo: Trumpet Honeysuckle: Lonicera sempervirensPhoto: Trumpet Honeysuckle: Lonicera sempervirensPhoto: Viburnum
Viburnum is a genus of about 150–175 species of shrubs or (in a few species) small trees in the moschatel family, Adoxaceae. The member species are native throughout the temperate Northern Hemisphere, with a few species extending into tropical montane regions in South America, Russia and southeast Asia.Photo: ViburnumPhoto: Wild Geranium: Geranium maculatum Geranium is derived from the Greek word geranos, meaning crane. This family contains about 650 species worldwide that range from small weedy herbs to succulent shrubs. Though this name seems curious, it actually refers to the shape of the seed pod, not the flower. The Iroquois Indians believed that Wild Geranium could counteract a love charm. Unlike most wildflowers with traditionally yellow, orange, or white pollen, when viewed under a microscope Wild Geranium’s pollen is bright blue.Photo: Wild Geranium: Geranium maculatumPhoto: Wild Geranium: Geranium maculatumPhoto: Wild rose: Rosa acicularis
Wild Rose flowers are large, pink and fragrant. Europeans utilized hips as a source of Vitamins A and C. Rose hip powder was used as a flavoring in soups and for making syrup. Wild rose can be found throughout the northern United States.Photo: Wild rose: Rosa acicularisPhoto: Yarrow: Achillea millefolium
The plant has a strong, sweet scent, similar to chrysanthemums.It is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe, and North America. The whole plant is covered in white, silky hairs.Photo: Yarrow: Achillea millefolium