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Wildflowers of Northeastern Minnesota 

The famous Swedish botanist Linnaeus (Latinised version of his original name: Carl von Linné) has linked his name to this plant. "Borealis" indicates a northerly distribution of the species, but it appears also further south. It grows in light coniferous forests with many mosses on the ground.  Photo by Erik W. L. Anderson

Linnea Borealis, Twin Flower - Photo by Erik W. L. Anderson

July 8th - 11th, 2004 - Report by Lorraine Anderson

Thursday July 8 we hiked Alfred's Pond starting at the Superior Hiking Trail parking area on Sugar Loaf Road and ending at the parking area on the Cramer Road. That is a five and a half mile walk which stretches my abilities but the will was there. The day was beautiful and my companions were nice and I only fell once. This time it was a drop roll affair, still no injuries!!! We saw Linnea, Spotted Coralroot, One-flowered Wintergreen and Bunchberries. On the Bog were Pitcher plants and blooming Small Cranberry, so small one needs to get down on knees to enjoy the beauty of the flower. We also saw one Northern Green Orchid but by far the best thing of the trip was the several seas of Blue-flag Iris. Glad we went.

On Saturday July 10 we went on a guided hike guided by Chel Anderson on the Kekekabic Trail. The purpose was to see what has happened to the forest after the blow-down. We passed the Paulson Mine and hiked as far as Mine Lake, stopping for lunch on the way. It was a nice group but some of us turned back before the planned end because we were getting too tired. One person requested seeing a Calla Lily and we found one almost right away. Another hiker was hoping to see Sundew and with good fortune we found one standing up tall (1") in the middle of the trail. The outstanding flower treat were the many Wood Lilies we saw. The bright orange against the green of the forest was heartwarming. My son, quite a while ago said that he had seen wild Blackberries. I doubted him because I had not. Well on this trip there were quite a few!

Northern Green Orchids: If you are in Grand Marais and traveling north-east from town, the first motel you come to is the Wedgewood Motel. Park your car and cross to the upper side of the road and walk the next 3 or so driveways. Just on the bank next to the road are very many Northern Green Orchids. What a treat!

Special Guest Report by webmaster Erik Anderson:

The weekend of July 9th, we had beautiful weather without flies and very few mosquitoes at McFarland Lake.  The following we found along the shores and portages of McFarland, Pine, and John Lakes (Entry Point 68/69) as well as along the Arrowhead Trail.  My favorite this trip was the beds of Linnea Borealis amongst the moss in the shaded forest.  Another standout was the long stretches of Lupine between the rock tunnels and Beaver Bay on Highway 61.


We were also lucky enough to find a few dewberries and strawberries to taste.

Bluebells - Mertensia paniculata
Bunchberry - Cornus canadensis
Buttercup, Tall or Common - Ranunculus acris
Clover, Hop - Trifolium agrarium
Clover, Purple, Pink - Trifolium ssp.
Clover, Sweet, Yellow - Melilotus officinalis
Columbine - Aquilegiaa canadensis
Coralroot, Early or Northern - Corallorhiza trifida
Daisy, Ox-eye - Chrysanthemum leucanthemum

Dogbane, Spreading - Apocynum androsaemifolium

Fringed Bindweed - Polygonum
Harebell - Campanula rotundifolia
Hawkweed, Orange - Hieracium aurantiacum
Hawkweed, Yellow - Hieracium scabrum
Heal-all - Prunella vulgaris 
Iris, Blue Flag - Iris versicolor
Linnea, Twinflower - Linnea borealis
Lupine - Lupinus polyphyllus
Parsnip, Cow - Heracleum maximum
Pea, Beach - Lathyrus japonicus

Rose - Rosa ssp.

Rough Cinquefoil/Strawberry Weed - Potentilla Norvegica

Trefoil, Bird's-foot - Lotus corniculatus
Vetch, Purple - Vicia americana
Yarrow - Achillea millefolium

Trees & Shrubs we found Blooming:

Dogwood, Red-osier - Cornus stolonifera
Honeysuckle, Bush - Dievervilla lonicera
Maple, Moose or Mountain - Acer spicatum
Thimbleberry - Rubus occidentalis


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Past Reports

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2004 Wildflower Reports:

September 1st, 2004

August 25th, 2004

August 18th, 2004

August 4th, 2004

July 28th, 2004

July 21st, 2004

July 14th, 2004

July 8th - 11th, 2004

July 7th 2004

June 30th, 2004

June 29th, 2004

June 23rd, 2004

June 16th, 2004

June 9th 2004

June 2nd, 2004

May 26th, 2004

Memorial Weekend

May 19th 2004

May 12th, 2004

May 5th, 2004


2006 Wildflower Reports:

August 16th, 2006

August 9th, 2006

August 2nd, 2006

July 26th, 2006

July 19th, 2006

July 12th, 2006

July 5th, 2006

June 21st, 2006

June 28th, 2006

June 14th, 2006

June 7th, 2006

May 31st, 2006

May 24th, 2006

May 17th, 2006

May 10th, 2006

May 3rd, 2006

April 26th, 2006


2005 Wildflower Reports:

August 10th, 2005

August 3rd, 2005

July 27th, 2005

July 20th, 2005

July 13th, 2005

July 6th, 2005

June 29th, 2005

June 22nd 2005

June 15th 2005

June 12th, 2005

June 10th, 2005

June 8th, 2005

June 1, 2005

May 25th, 2005

May 18th, 2005

May 11th, 2005

May 4th, 2005

April 20th, 2005

April 13th, 2005


2003 Wildflower Reports:

August 27th, 2003

August 20th 2003

August 13th 2003

August 6th 2003

July 30th, 2003

July 23rd, 2003

July 9th, 2003

July 2, 2003

June 25th, 2003

June 18th 2003

June 11th 2003

June 4th 2003

May 28th, 2003

May 21st, 2003

May 14, 2003

May 7, 2003

April 30, 2003

April 23, 2003


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