Wildflowers on the RailTrail

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Always an exciting day on the trail

09 August

Well, the same things are blooming, just more of some and less of others.  I am excited to have discovered another wildflower I had not seen before.

The Wild Cucumber or Wild Balsam Apple has a white bloom in midsummer on a vine with angular lobed leaves.  It is a standout because the flowers on it’s stem are so plentiful and the petals/sepals are so long.  It is quite a climber so it is found on many other plants.  Since it blooms the same time as the Wild Clematis, and both are white it could easily be overlooked.  Here it is:

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Just a reminder of what Wild Clematis (Old Man’s Beard) looks like blooming:

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The Wild Bergamot or Wild Bee Balm (Monarda) has finished blooming, but the Black Eyed Susan and Tall Sunflowers are making quite a show, along with the Joe Pye, Boneset, Swamp Milkweed and the first of the Goldenrods (Looks like Early, Late, Smooth and Grass-Leaved so far, with Canada ready to bloom).  Look for the Stiff, Bluestem, Showy and other rarer forms and let me know where you see them.

Have a great week and get out on the trail!  The butterflies are numerous and add to the beauty of the walk.

4 Responses to “Always an exciting day on the trail”

  1. Mary Johnson August 9, 2017 at 11:30 am #

    Good information. Thanks! Nice pictures, too.

  2. Ingrid Knox August 10, 2017 at 9:24 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the information and the nice pictures.

  3. Lori Paulsen August 15, 2017 at 7:59 am #

    Very informative, Gina. I have never heard of wild cucumber.

  4. Lori Paulsen August 15, 2017 at 8:17 am #

    We were on the trail from 9 to 14 mile. I loved the yellow black-eyed Susan type flowers and went to this site to see what they are called. Giant and woodland sunflowers. Spotted jewel weed was another that we spotted and I couldn’t identify. The Joe-Pye weed and purple loosestrife were also very lovely. Thanks for keeping up this site!

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