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Arethusa, Dragon's Mouth - Photo by Lorraine Anderson

Dragons Mouth  by Lorraine Anderson

Wildflowers July 10, 2002

Found blooming in Cook County, Minnesota by Lorraine Anderson (Be sure to check out the past reports linked at the right as well!)

We began the day by going to the "Assinika Bog". We had hoped to find Sundew, Rattlesnake Plantain or Indian Pipes (View photos of Indian Pipes on the BWCA Discussion Board.). We saw none of these. It was the first time one of us had seen the Small Cranberry. We then went up to the Clearwater Road because it was reported that there were many flowers. We must not have been in the right spot because what we saw didn't excite us. We had a nice lunch at Flour Lake Campground. Then back down the Trail, stopping at Swamper Lake where we saw the best thing of the day - Horned Bladderwort!
     The weather is quite variable in this county. The season is longer & cooler by the lake and shorter & hotter inland. The Moose Maple is still blooming on the shore while inland it already has seeds on.
     Last weekend some of us went back to Limbo Beach Bog and saw more than 30 Arethusas and about 100 Pitcher Plants. We also saw Sundew, Bog Buckbean, Small Cranberry & Shrubby Cinquefoil.

Roads Traveled:
Gunflint Trail to Greenwood Lake Road to Shoe Lake Road up to our "Assinika bog".  Stop at Brule River then back to the Trail and up to the Clearwater Lake Road, Flour Lake Campground, Swamper Lake

What we saw this week:

Arethusa or Dragon's Mouth - Arethusa bulbosa***

Bedstraw, Northern - Galium boreale

Bindweed, Upright - Convolvulus spithamaeus

Black-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia serotina*
Bladderwort, Horned - Utricularia cornuta
Bluebell, (Tall Lungwort) - Mertensia paniculata

Blue-eyed Grass - Sisyrinchium (mucronatum?)

Buckwheat, Climbing False - Polygonum scandens
Bugloss, Vipers - Echium vulgare*

Bunchberry - Cornus canadensis
Buttercup, Tall or Common - Ranunculus acris

Campion, White or Lychnis, Evening - Lychnis alba*
Caraway - Carum carvi

Chamomile, Wild - Matricaria chamomilla*
Cinquefoil, Rough - Potentilla norvegica*
Cinquefoil, Rough-fruited - Potentilla recta
Cinquefoil, Shrubby - Potentilla Fruticosa
Cinquefoil, Three-toothed - Potentilla tridentata
Clintonia (Blue-bead Lily) - Clintonia borealis

Clover, Hop - Trifolium agratium*
Clover, Pink, White & Lavender
Clover, Yellow & Purple Sweet
Columbine (Honeysuckle - Aquilegia canadensis

Cotton - Grass
Cranberry, Small - Vaccinium oxycoccos
Dandelion, Common - Taraxacum officinale
Daisy, Ox-eye - Chrysanthemum leucanthemum

Dock, Curled - Rumex crispus

Dogbane, Spreading - Apocynum androsaemifolium
Eyebrite - Euphrasia americana*
Fireweed - Epilobium angustifolium*
Geranium, Wild - Geranium maculatum

Harebell - Campanula rotundifolia*
Hawkweed, Orange - Hieracium aurantiacum
Hawkweed, Yellow - Hieracium scabrum

Heal-all - Prunella vulgaris
Iris, Larger Blue Flag - Iris versicolor
Lily-of-the Valley. Wild - Maianthemum canadense
Lily, Small Yellow Pond - Nuphar microphyllum

Linnea, Twinflower - Linnea borealis 
Lupine, Garden - Lupinus polyphyllus

Meadow-rue, Tall - Thalictrum polygamum
Mertensia, (Bluebells) - Mertinsia paniculata

Parsnip, Cow - Heracleum maximum

Pea, Beach - Lathyrus japonicus

Pitcher-plant - Sarracenia purpurea
Primrose, Evening-Oenothera biennis*
Rose, Wild - Rosa
Silverweed - Potentilla anserina
Sorrel, Sheep or Common - Rumex acetosella
Strawberry, Common - Fragaria virginiana

Stitchwort, Lesser - Stellaria graminea*
Sundew, Round-leaved - Drosera rotundifolia (in bud)**
Trefoil, Birdsfoot - Lotus corniculatus

Twinflower - Linnea borealis 

Vetch, Crown - Coronilla varia*
Vetchling, Pale - Lathyrus ochroleucus
Vetch, Purple - Vica americana

Wintergreen, One-flowered - Moneses uniflora

Yarrow - Achillea millefolium*

Blooming Trees and Shrubs:

Ash, Mountain, American
Dogwood, Red-osier - Cornus stolonifera

Honeysuckle, Northern Bush - Diervilla lonicera
Honeysuckle, Tartarian - Lonicera tatarica

Honeysuckle Vine - Lonicera hirsuta
Maple, Moose or Mountain - Acer spicatuma

Ninebark - Physocarpus opulifolius*
Thimbleberry - Rubus parviflorus


*New this week (Except for the Arethusa, we saw that before but it was such a treat to see so many)

 You can view an entire list from last year by clicking here.  

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