Spring Flower Blooms at Riveredge | May 2, 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.

In Bloom

Spring Beauty
False Rue Anemone
Spring Cress
Penn Sedge
Common Blue Violet
Dutchman’s Breeches
Swamp Buttercup (P)
Cut Leaved Toothwort
Marsh Marigold
Wood Anemone
White Trout Lily
Prairie Smoke
Early Buttercup
Wild Ginger
Wild Blue Phlox
Downy Yellow Violet (P)
Jack in the Pulpit
Kidney Leaved Buttercup
Blue Cohosh
Large Flowered Trillium
Wood Betony
Lyre  Leaved Rock Cress
Pussy Toes
Kitten Tails
Jacob’s Ladder

Flowers in Bud

Heart Leaved Golden Alexander
Bastard Toadflax
Wild Geranium
Early Meadow Rue
Golden Alexander
Wild Sarsaparilla
Cleavers Bedstraw
Dwarf Ginseng

Trout Lily

Sprouts/Leaves Present

Cow Parsnip
Lion’s Foot

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