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bloodroot wildflower photograph by lorraine adele anderson

Bloodroot  by Lorraine Anderson

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Wildflowers May 9, 2001

Found blooming in Cook County by Lorraine Anderson -


WOW what a beautiful day. The sun was shining and the high was 60 degrees (sweatshirt weather). The trees are beginning to bud so that the hillsides show a haze of green. The flowers we saw were so exciting and beautiful. We picnicked on the shores of Lake Superior at Temperance River State Park.

The roads we traveled were: Caribou Trail, So. Caribou Rd, Ward Lake Rd, Cramer Rd (#1), Two Island River Rd. (#342), 600 Rd. (#166) and Temperance River Rd.

The Flowers we saw were: 

Spring Beauty - Claytonia verginica 

Dutchman's-breeches - Dicentra cucullaria 

Wood Anemone - Anemone canadensis 

Violets - purple & yellow 

Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis 

Trout Lily - Erythroniym americanum 

Early Sweet Coltsfoot - Petasites palmatus (the most we have ever seen. The flower comes up first, then the leaves. The seed pod is beautiful, somewhat like a Dandelion, except larger and more sturdy. You can spray them with hair spray and use them for an arrangement in your home (that is, if you catch them in time. 

Marsh Marigold -

Cowslip - Caltha palustris These were just beginning to come into bloom.

The tree we saw blooming was the 

Red Maple - Acer rubrum tiny balls of bright red flowers


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