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 May 28 2003 - Wildflowers of the Northwoods and BWCA 

This report is written by Lorraine Anderson ( She is part of a group of three seniors that have been looking at wildflowers in Cook County, Minnesota. They have gone out almost every Wednesday for over 20 years and love it, even in the winter. But of course there aren't any flowers in the winter!!
Wednesday Wildflower Report:  May 28, 2003
The weather was not perfect today.  it started out a bit rainy & then the wind kicked up - a LOT - so much that we didn't go out to the lighthouse to see if the Brook Lobelia was blooming.  May 28, Wildflowers, Cond..jpg (91777 bytes)We thought we might be blown away.  We did go down behind the Power plant to see the Bird's-eye Primrose.  They were particularly pale this year.  We also saw Butterwort.  Next we went to our "Magic Garden", going South on the SHT (Superior Hiking Trail) parking on the Old Ski Hill Road.   Jean had not seen Goldthread before and we saw plenty.  There were boardwalks over low areas and the Marsh Marigolds were stunning.  While we were still on the North Shore Trail we were surprised to se many Spring Beauty, a few Dutchman's-breeches, Nodding Trillium.  What a wonderful woods.  We don't have to go all the way to Ward Lake road to see these things.
The roadways are dotted with blooming fruit trees, mostly Pin Cherry & June Berry.  We then had lunch in the car at the Scenic May 28 Trees & Shrubs, Cond.jpg (110348 bytes) Overlook.  It was still windy.  We discussed which type of Bird's-eye Primrose we had.  Books we had along differed but for now we will call it Primula laurentiana.  We also had our yearly discussion as to which - Twisted Stalk, Solomon Seal - Hairy Solomon Seal, Rosy Twisted stalk.  Also which type of Bellwort were we seeing.  They weren't blooming so it made it harder.
We went up the Trail, E. on #60 - ks on the Lindskoog Road to the SHT parking lot where L had found some Ginger in the woods beyond the parking lot.
Flowers of the week:  J chose Goldthread, B, Nodding Trillium and L stuck with Marsh Marigolds.
Home we went, tired and happy.
Flowers  we found Blooming:
Wood Anemone - Anemone quinquefolia
Red Baneberry - Actaea rubra
Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis
Butterwort - Pinguicula vulgaris
Clintonia, Bluebead Lily - Clintonia borealis
Coltsfoot , Early - Petasites palmatus
Cuckoo-flower - Cardimine bulbosa
Common Dandelion - Taraxacum officinale
Dutchman's Breeches - Dicentra cucullaria
Wild Ginger - Asarum canadense
Goldthread - Coptis groenlandica
Lily-of-the-Valley, Wild - Maianthemum canadense
Marsh Marigold - Cowslip - Caltha palustris
Mertensia ( Bluebells ) - Mertensia paniculata
Primrose, Bird's-eye - Primula laurentian
Wild Sarsaparilla (Smooth) - Aralia nudicaulis
Spring Beauty - Clatonia caroliniana
Starflower - Trientalis borealis
Strawberry, Common - Fragaria virginiana
Nodding Trillium - Trillium cernuum
Violet, Yellow
Trees & Shrubs we found Blooming:
Pin Cherry - Prunus pennsylbanica
Currant, Skunk - Ribes glandulosum
Dewberry - Rubus pubescens
Elder, Red-berried - Sambucus pubens
Gooseberry - Ribes
Honeysuckle, Fly - Lonicera canadensis
Juneberry - Amelanchier
Note:  I pictured Baneberry on the Trees & Shrubs page and I guess it isn't.
Also, we saw mustard blooming but didn't identify it.

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April 20th, 2005

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