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.

Turk’s Cap Lily in the sunshine.

In Bloom

Fragrant White Water Lily
Hoary Alyssum
Spreading Dogbane
Pale Purple Coneflower
Heal All
Black Eyed Susan
Wild Quinine
False Sunflower
Enchanter’s Nightshade
Wild Leek
Fringed Loosestrife
Butterfly Weed
Indian Hemp
Common Milkweed
Rough Fruited Cinquefoil
Turk’s Cap Lily
Queen of the Prairie
Marsh Hedge Nettle
Pointed Leaved Tick Trefoil
Shrubby St. John’s Wort
Hoary Vervain
Blue Giant Hyssop
Swamp Milkweed
Lead Plant
Culver’s Root
Grey Headed Coneflower
Purple Prairie Clover
Canada Tick Trefoil
Flowering Spurge
Compass Plant
Orange Jewelweed
Wood Nettle
Pickerel Weed
Tuberous Indian Plantain
White Prairie Clover
Purple Coneflower
Dotted Mint
Mad Dog Skullcap
Virginia Mountain Mint
Evening Primrose
Cup Plant
Whorled Milkweed
Nodding Wild Onion
Starry Campion

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