There are so many amazing plants out there, some you'll find just outside your door, others you find while exploring new and interesting places and ecosystems. Below you'll find a variety of common (and a few unique) plants with their common & Latin names. Some plant families may have too many individuals to list so their family name and a link to a more in-depth source will be available (i.e. goldenrods, asters, smartweed). I hope this easy to use guide will help you with identifying and learning more about the plants around you!
Spring wildflower season begins for me when I find the first Skunk Cabbage emerging from the frozen ground (sometimes as early as January), the season continues on through April or May until the Bloodroot & Wild Ginger get crowded out by the Cleavers.
In summer, the wildflowers are less common in the forest (as the canopy fills out there's not enough light for the plants), and are more common in the open fields, prairies, and meadows. Summer wildflowers, for the purpose of putting a time frame on things, end when the goldenrod begins to burst into bloom (September/October).
Fall is not necessarily the time period we think about flowers, I mean the trees are doing a great job of catching our attention, but everywhere from the forest to the meadow there are unique flowers and blooms that can be found only in the fall.
Yes, yes, I know, it's winter, what am I going to write about here? Well smarty pants, although we might not have traditional flowers blooming, there are still things growing, living, and even flourishing in the cold winter months.