What’s Blooming at Riveredge? An Updated Phenology Report

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 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.

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In Bloom

Bullhead Lily
Prairie Phlox
Canada Anemone
Fragrant White Water Lily
Lance Leaved Coreopsis
White Wild Indigo
Hoary Alyssum
Prairie Golden Aster
Wild Garlic
Spreading Dogbane
Pale Purple Coneflower
Tall Beardtongue
White Avens
Poke Milkweed
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Pale Spike Lobelia
Black Eyed Susan
Wild Quinine
False Sunflower
Enchanter’s Nightshade
Wild Leek
Fringed Loosestrife
Marsh Phlox
Butterfly Weed
Pretty Bedstraw
Indian Hemp
Common Milkweed
Downy Wood Mint


Flowers in Bud

Grey Headed Coneflower
Spotted Joe Pye Weed
Stinging Nettle
Common Boneset
Purple Prairie Clover
Compass Plant

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