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These are the Wonderful Wildflowers Blooming Right Now



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Trout lily (Photo by Suzy Lyttle)

Starting in April and extending through May, we often get peppered with questions about what wildflowers are coming up in the preserves. While the inquiries tend to focus on Virginia bluebells, trail users often are curious about what else is out there.

Ask and you shall receive.

Right now there's a colorful explosion taking place across the county, so here's your guide to what you might see while venturing out in the preserves. Keep in mind that a particular flower that's in full bloom at one preserve may be a little behind pace at another preserve.

This running list is merely a guide, highlighting the pops of color you'll want to pay attention to as you venture out. We'll be updating this information in the coming weeks as more wildflowers hit their prime.

IN BLOOM RIGHT NOW

Bloodroot

(Photo by Chris Cheng)

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Spring beauty

(Photo by Chad Merda)

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Cut-leaved toothwort

(Photo by Suzy Lyttle)

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Virginia bluebells

(Note: These in particular are in various stages across the county but we are rapidly approaching full, glorious bloom.)

(Photo by Judith Wallace)

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Trout lily

(Photo by Suzy Lyttle)

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Rue Anemone

(Photo by Chris Cheng)

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Yellow violet

(Photo by Chad Merda)

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Buttercup

(Photo by Chris Cheng)

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Here's a rundown of where you will come across the aforementioned flowers, in addition to some that will be blooming in the coming weeks: 

Woodland and Savanna habitats

(This includes Messenger Woods Nature Preserve, Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve, McKinley Woods, O'Hara Woods Preserve and Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve.)

  • Virginia bluebells
  • Buttercups
  • Violets (common, yellow, lance-leaved and bird's foot)
  • Rue anemone
  • Meadow rue
  • Trilliums
  • Wild geranium
  • Woodland phlox
  • Cleft phlox
  • Spring beauties
  • Violet wood sorrel

Prairies and wetlands

(This includes Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve, Rock Run Preserve and parts of Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve.)

  • Marsh marigold
  • Hoary puccoon
  • Shooting star
  • Blue-eyed grass
  • Wood betony
  • Pussyfoot

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