The immense beauty of spring at Riveredge is starting to unfold before our eyes, our Director of Research and Conservation, Mandie Zopp, wants to share some of the amazing flowers and plants you can find blooming at Riveredge right now and where you can find them. Check back to our blog each week(ish) for new updates and a new Plant of the Week!
New Blooms as of May 7, 2018
Plant of the Week: Large-flowered Trillium (Can be found in Mayapple Woods)
Large-flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) is on of Wisconsin’s late spring/early summer woodland ephemerals, typically found in deciduous and mixed upland forests. It has three white petals that overlay three leaf-life structures called bracts. Trillium is one of many plants whose seeds are spread by ants, and it can be seriously damaged if the flower is picked. The height of this species has also been shown to be an effective index of how intense foraging by deer is in a particular area.
Wild Ginger (Can be found along the River Walk)
Swamp Buttercup (Can be found in lowland areas along Main Trail and Riveredge Creek)
Wood Betony (Can be found along the River Walk near Oak Opening)
Cut-leaved Toothwort (Can be found in Mayapple Woods and along River Walk)