Friday Photos: May Wildflowers

While pulling garlic mustard every spring our stewardship crew visits nearly every corner of our parks. Along the way we find  some native plants. Check out the cool plants we found this week! What have you seen?

Horse gentian (Triosteum aurantiacum) at Bear Creek Nature Park is getting ready to flower.
Horse-gentian (Triosteum aurantiacum) at Bear Creek Nature Park is getting ready to flower.
Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) in moist woodland
Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) in moist woodland
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Starry False Solomon-Seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

 

Wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata) in moist woodland
Wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata) in moist woodland
Spring beauty at Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park
Spring beauty flowers at Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park
Pollinator visits spring beauty (Claytonia virginica)
Pollinator visits spring beauty (Claytonia virginica)
Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) in rich, moist woods.
Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) in rich, moist woods.

About Ben VanderWeide

I am the Natural Areas Stewardship Manager for Oakland Township Parks and Recreation in southeast Michigan. I have a doctorate in biology (focused on plant ecology) and I am passionate about protecting and managing natural areas.

4 thoughts on “Friday Photos: May Wildflowers

  1. Such a wealth of wildflowers in our township’s woods! Thanks for showing them to us and reminding us. This is one of my favorite blogs.
    Maryann

  2. So great to see these ! I love the delicate little foam flower – we need a closeup of that one! And that wild blue phlox is such a beautiful subtle color.Where di d you find the horse gentian in Bear Creek? I’ve never known about that flower before. I looked them up on Google and their flowers look pretty exotic! And I never knew about Christmas ferns either.
    Thanks, Ben. Great photos.

  3. Hi Cam – the horse gentian was in the brushy areas on the west side of the park along the trail that goes down to the township hall. Pretty hidden in the thicket there, so it’s been hiding! It seems to like the areas that are partially shaded.

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