Identifying wildflowers can be a wonderful activity providing hours of quiet pleasure and appreciation for nature’s beauty and diversity. As you become more aware of the wildflowers on your property or along a favorite trail, you will enjoy welcoming them back each season. They become familiar friends.

Identifying wildflowers for the first time requires close attention to the symmetry and design of the flower and the type and arrangement of the leaves. Wildflowers are short-lived, and species change from month to month.

“To find new things, take the path you took yesterday.” John Burroughs

Once you start observing the wildflowers around you, your curiosity will be aroused. The seasonal varieties may surprise and delight you, and you will be enticed (as I was) to learn more about them.

 bunchberry in spring  Clintoniaor Spring  Chicory