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Purple Harebell by Erik W. L. Anderson

Harebell  by Erik W. L. Anderson

Wildflowers July 24, 2002

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

Our extra trip of the week was on Tuesday when we walked up the Devil Track River. We put on old shoes so we could walk in the water and used our walking sticks for balance. We crossed the river many times so we could take advantage of the dry areas on the sides. It was a perfect day and it is so thrilling walking in that deep, beautiful canyon. The most exciting thing flower-wise were the many bunches of Harebells hanging from little pockets in the steep rock walls. We also saw the first blooming Jewelweed there. We walked in 45 minutes but didn't reach the falls. Next time we will bring a snack and plan to go all the way to the falls like we did last winter and sit down and rest and enjoy the beauty.
On Wednesday we went up the Caribou Trail to the Honeymoon Trail, then left on Barker Lake Road. We were hoping to find Grass-of-Parnassis and didn't. Maybe it has been too dry. There were lots of Black-eyed-Susans, that pale yellow Rough-fruited Cinquefoil, Deptford Pinks, Northern Bog (Green) Orchis and our first Asters of the season. One purple one white.
We ate lunch on the fishing pier on White Pine lake. The weather was perfect. The lake was beautiful. If only the flies would leave us alone
We stopped at both the places where they made Maple Syrup, since they were on the way. Very interesting..

What we saw this week:

Aster ssp - one white one purple*
Bedstraw, Northern - Galium boreale*

Black-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia serotina

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

Butter & Eggs - Linaria vulgaris
Buttercup, Tall or Common - Ranunculus acris

Campion, White or Lychnis, Evening - Lychnis alba

Chamomile, Wild - Matricaria chamomilla
Cinquefoil, Rough - Potentilla norvegica
Cinquefoil, Rough-fruited - Potentilla recta

Clover, Hop - Trifolium agratium
Clover, Pink, White & Lavender

Clover, Rabbitsfoot - Trifolium arvense

Clover, Sweet, Yellow, White & Purple
Daisy, Ox-eye - Chrysanthemum leucanthemum

Dock, Curled - Rumex crispus

Dogbane, Spreading - Apocynum androsaemifolium

Everlasting, Pearly - Anaphalis margaritacea*
Fireweed - Epilobium angustifolium*

Fleabane, Daisy - Erigeron annus
Goldenrod ssp.*

Harebell - Campanula rotundifolia

Heal-all - Prunella vulgaris

Jewelweed, Touch-me-not - Impatiens capensis*
Joe-Pye Weed, Spotted - Eupatorium maculatum

Linnea, Twinflower - Linnea borealis 

Loosestrife, Yellow - Lysimachia terrestris*
Lupine, Garden - Lupinus polyphyllus

Meadowsweet - Spiraea*
Mint, Wild - Mentha arvensis*
Monkey-flower - Mimulus alatus*
Orchis, Northern Green (Bog) - Habenaria hyperborea*

Parsnip, Cow - Heracleum maximum

Pea, Beach - Lathyrus japonicus

Pigweed or Lambs Quarters - Chenopodium album*
Pineapple Weed - Matricaria matricarioides*
Pink, Deptford - Dianthus deltoides*
Pipsissewa - Chimaphila umbellata*
Primrose, Evening-Oenothera biennis

Pyrola, Lesser - Pyrola minor*
Pyrola, Pink - Pyrola asarifolia*
Pyrola, Round-leaved - Pyrola rotundifolia*
St. Johnswort, Common - Hypericum perforatum*
Sorrel, Sheep or Common - Rumex acetosella
Sorrel, Yellow Wood - Oxalis europaea*
Tansy - Tanacetum vulgare*
Thistle, Bull - Cirsium vulgare*
Thistle, Canada - Cirsium arvense*
Thistle, Field Sow - Sonchus arvensis*
Trefoil, Birdsfoot - Lotus corniculatus

Twinflower - Linnea borealis 

Vetch, Crown - Coronilla varia

Yarrow - Achillea millefolium


Last year they tried to kill all the St Johnswort, and did, but that didn't keep it from coming back. It is beautiful, but so invasive.

Blooming Trees and Shrubs:

Honeysuckle, Northern Bush - Diervilla lonicera

Honeysuckle Vine - Lonicera hirsuta

Ninebark - Physocarpus opulifolius
Thimbleberry - Rubus parviflorus

Berries we saw:
Baneberry, Red - Actaea rubra - We saw both the red and white berries of this plant*
Dewberry - Rubus pubescens*
Elderberry, Red-berried - Sambucus pubens*
Hazelnut - Corylus - winged nuts*
Sarsaparilla, Wild - Aralia nudicaulis*
Strawberry, Common - Fragaria virginiana*

*New this week

ssp - subspecies

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