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Pink Pyrola Asarifolia - Photo by Erik W. L. Anderson 7/11

Pink Pyrola (aka bog wintergreen, pink wintergreen, liverleaf wintergreen, Pink Shinleaf) Pyrola Asarifolia • Family: Ericaceae (Heath) and formerly classified Pyrolaceae • Habitat: mossy forests, partial shade, moist soil • Height: 6-36 inches • Flower size: 1/2 inch • Flower color: pink, cream • Origin:  Native

 

July 16th, 2011 - Report by John Silliman

The warm temperatures of the last week have caused an incredible growth in the size of plants on the Gunflint Trail. We are continuing to get some new flowers, but many of the early season flowering plants have turned to fruit.

The poisonous berries that are ripening are the red baneberry, white baneberry (doll’s eyes), blue bead lily (clintonia), and the Canada mayflower (wild/false lily of the valley).

The ripe edible berries include strawberries, dewberries, and a few blueberries. The Saskatoon berries, bunchberries, and thimbleberries are still not ripe. We also appear to have a nice crop of beaked hazel nuts.

The list below is a compilation of the flowers I have seen throughout our area in the last week:

Columbine
Buttercup
Orange Hawkweed
Smooth Hawkweed
Lupine
Forget-me-not
Bird’s Foot Trefoil
Red Clover
White Clover
Ox-eye Daisy
Yellow Pond Lily
White Water Lily
Fragrant White Water Lily
Pale Corydalis
Labrador Tea
Wood Lily
Twin Flower
Pink Pyrola
Shinleaf
Yarrow
Thimbleberry
Raspberry
Bunchberry
Nodding Trillium
White Campion
Bladder Campion
Common Chickweed
Stitchwort
Spreading Dogbane
White Pea
Purple Pea
Northern Bush Honeysuckle
Hairy Honeysuckle
One-flowered Wintergreen
Meadowsweet
Pearly Everlasting
Coralroot Orchid
Heal-all
Harebell
Fringed Bindweed
Agrimony
Fireweed
Joe Pye Weed
Scentless Chamomile
Large-leaved Avens
Pineapple Weed
Blue Flag Iris
Evening Primrose

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