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This is the beginning of our 24th 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.

This is an archive of wildflowers found during the Summer in Northeastern Minnesota.  Click here to see the most recent wildflower report.

Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum), "hogweed"- Photo by Erik W. L. Anderson  Cow parsnip, can be found growing along the North Shore Drive, Gunflint Trail, Kawishiwi Trail, Echo Trail, Sawbill Trail, Arrowhead Trail, and often grows in moist meadows. Young leaf stalks and stems can be used like celery in stews. The leaves may be dried, burned and the ashes used as a salt substitute.  (It is not recommended that individuals attempt to identify and use wild herbs on their own).  The flower blossoms can be steeped in oil and rubbed on the body to keep off flies and mosquitoes.  Another Northern Minnesota wildflower that can be used to stave off mosquitoes is Yarrow.  Simply crush the leaves in your fingers and rub them on your skin.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005 - Report by

Lorraine took a trip to Minneapolis. The interesting thing was that I recognized all the flowers seen as we whizzed by in Cook County. As we went farther south there were ones unknown and especially on #35 one couldn't even stop to check them out.
After four years (she joined us in July 2001) Jean has left our Wednesday Wildflower group for health reasons. She will be missed.

July 13, 2005: We have had very hot, humid days - reaching 80 degrees. We chose to stay near the big lake because it was cooler. We had been invited to visit some of our friends gardens and that seemed a good idea. First we had to check out the white flower at the Congregational Church by the driveway. We had noticed it last week and B did some research on it. It turned out to be Campanula Persicifolia (Peach Leaf Bell Flower) Also Malva is often called Mallow - it is a perennial related to the annual mallow - Lavatera.
Before we went to visit gardens we drove around town enjoying the various gardens. Then to #61 to see the Large Flowered Penstemon and Vipers Bugloss. The Penstemon was fading but the Vipers Bugloss had spread a lot. They say that it is invasive.
Along the highway the large, showy white Cow Parsnips are blooming along with more daisies and Bird's-foot Trefoil that we saw last week. A newcomer this week is Fireweed.




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




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2001 Wildflower List



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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

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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


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

2007 Wildflower Reports

September 5th 2007

August 21st, 2007

August 15th, 2007

August 8th, 2007

August 1st, 2007

July 25th, 2007

July 18th, 2007

July 11th, 2007

July 4th, 2007

June 27th, 2007

June 20th, 2007

June 13th, 2007

June 6th, 2007

May 30th, 2007

May 23rd, 2007

May 16th, 2007

May 9th, 2007

May 2nd, 2007



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


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