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 Wildflowers of the Northwoods and BWCA
This is the beginning of our 23rd year of looking at wildflowers in Cook County, MN. We are three senior women who just love to get out and explore and learn new things. We are even getting together all winter but don't find too many flowers at that time, but no matter.

Wednesday, May 19th, 2004

After 22 years of looking at flowers weekly one would think there was nothing new. Well, this year the spruce have a lot of cones and apparently the Red Maples decided to bloom up a storm. Previously we were aware of one beautiful Red Maple - now the blooming trees are all over!! The male has red-yellow flowers and the female very red flowers. This is the season for Spring ephemerals, especially in maple woods. We have a favorite spot off the Caribou Trail on Ward Lake Road where the ground is literally covered with Dutchman's-breeches and Spring Beauty it just feels and smells so good. We then went to the Two Island Road thinking we would see Trout Lily's but in addition to the above two we saw lots of Bloodroot. We have seen more Bloodroot this year than any other year - I guess it is the year of the Bloodroot!! We then went to the spot on the Superior Hiking Trail where we were the first week in May - we had missed the peak but did find, for the first time this year Large-flowered Bellwort. Last week I said we only saw Marsh Marigolds in bud and the next day on Highway 61 from my house to town there were many beautiful open ones. During our day we saw a few Wood Anemone in the woods and Early Sweet Coltsfoot along the roadside, Wild Ginger along the Superior Hiking Trail, Pussytoes in the church lawn and of course lots of Dandelions in town - we do well growing them.

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  Here are some early bloomers to look for in the area:

 

Anemone, Wood - Anemone quinquefolia

Arbutus, Trailing - Epigaea repens
Bloodroot -
Sanguinaria canadensis

Dandelion, Common - Taraxicum officinale

Dutchman's Breeches - Dicentra cucullaria

Early Sweet Coltsfoot - Petasites palmatus

Hazelnut, Corylus

Marsh-marigold - Caltha palustris (Cowslip)
Pussytoes, Field -
Antennaria neglecta

Red Maple - Acer rubrum

Spring Beauty - Claytonia verginica

Strawberry, Common - Fragaria virginiana
Violets


Be sure to stop back throughout the spring and summer 2004 to see our weekly wildflower reports from Lorraine Anderson of Grand Marais, Minnesota.

 

 

 
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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

 

2011 Wildflower Reports

August 14th, 2011

August 7th, 2011

July 24th, 2011

July 23rd, 2011

July 21st, 2011

July 16th, 2011

July 9th, 2011

July 4th, 2011

July 2nd, 2011

June 25th, 2011

May 28th, 2011

 

2010 Wildflower Reports

October 10th, 2010

September 9th, 2010

July 24th, 2010

July 17th, 2010

July 3rd, 2010

June 12th, 2010

June 5th, 2010

May 15th, 2010

 

2009 Wildflower Reports

August 26th, 2009

August 6th, 2009

July 29th, 2009

July 22nd, 2009

July 15th, 2009

July 8th, 2009

July 1st, 2009

June 24th, 2009

June 21st - 24th, 2009

June 17th, 2009

June 10th, 2009

June 3rd, 2009

May 27th, 2009

May 26th-29th, 2009

May 21st, 2009

May 16th, 2009

 

 

2008 Wildflower Reports

August 20th, 2008

August 13th, 2008

August 6th, 2008

July 30th, 2008

July 23rd, 2008

July 16th, 2008

July 6th, 2008

July 1st, 2008

June 25th, 2008

June 18th, 2008

June 11th, 2008

June 4th, 2008

May 28th, 2008

May 21st, 2008

May 14th, 2008

 
 
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