Spring Flower Blooms at Riveredge | May 15, 2021

One of the fantastic Riveredge volunteers, who has been exploring Riveredge trails for years to both take photographs and record observations, is letting us know what flowers she sees blooming at Riveredge. In scientific terms, this is called “Phenology.” What is phenology? It’s very similar to another word, phenomenon. Phenology means what happens, and when, in nature. Some of the most common examples are: when flowers are blooming, when buds are present, when specific migratory bird species return, when birds are nesting.

Chances are, you already notice phenology you just might not call it that. If you notice when your garden is blooming, when the trees are budding, or when butterflies return to the skies – you’re observing phenology! Read below to learn what you can find along the trails when you visit Riveredge Nature Center right now.

Prairie Smoke not quite yet “smoking.”

In Bloom

Hepatica
Spring Beauty
False Rue Anemone
Spring Cress
Common Blue Violet
Swamp Buttercup
Marsh Marigold
Wood Anemone
Prairie Smoke
Wild Ginger
Wild Blue Phlox
Downy Yellow Violet
Jack in the Pulpit
Kidney Leaved Buttercup
Blue Cohosh
Large Flowered Trillium
Gooseberry
Wood Betony
Goldenseal
Lyre Leaved Rock Cress
Pussy Toes
Kitten Tails
Bellwort
Jacob’s Ladder
Golden Alexander
Shooting Stars
Bastard Toadflax
Wild Geranium
Early Meadow Rue
Nodding Trillium
Swamp Saxifrage
Cleavers Bedstraw
Wild Columbine
Miterwort
Heart Leaved Golden Alexander
Red Trillium
Stoneseed
Thyme Leaved Speedwell
Starry False Solomon’s Seal
False Solomon’s Seal
Wild Sarsaparilla
White Blue Eyed Grass
Blue Eyed Grass
May Apple
Dwarf Ginseng
Purple Avens
Fringed Puccoon

Side view of Jack in the pulpit.

Flower Buds Present

Solomon’s Seal
Small Yellow Lady’s-slipper
Cream Wild Indigo

Trillium, just beginning to turn pink in some places.

Pickerel Weed
Tuberous Indian Plantain
Prairie Golden Aster
Blue Wild Indigo