Wild Flower Watch

Last Update:

April 18, 2017

Time Covered:

April 13 - 18, 2017


RBG Rose Garden, Hendrie Valley, Arboretum; Brantford Waterfront Trail,
middle of Dundas Valley and a property just west of the Hamilton border


Spring flowers are starting to bloom and, with help from the flower walker group, a variety of new flowers were found this past week.

Wild and Naturalized Flowers Blooming

(N = New for the season    * = Not native to our area)

Salix ...
New English Name Latin Name French Name
NAnemone, WoodAnemone quinquefoliaAnémone à cinq folioles
Bittercress, Hairy *Cardamine hirsuta Cardamine hérissée
BloodrootSanguinaria canadensisSanguinaire du Canada
NCelandine, Lesser *Ranunculus ficariaRenoncule ficaire
NCohosh, Giant BlueCaulophyllum giganteumCaulophylle géant
Coltsfoot *Tussilago farfaraTussilage pas d'âne
NDandelion, Red-Seeded *Taraxacum erythrospermumPissenlit à graines rouges
Dead-Nettle, Purple *Lamium purpureumLamier pourpre
NDutchman's BreechesDicentra cucullariaDicentre à capuchon
Hazel, Beaked (Shrub)Corylus cornutaNoisetier à long bec
Hepatica, Sharp-LobedHepatica acutilobaHépatique à lobes aigus
NMaple, Manitoba (T)Acer negundo L.Érable à feuilles composÉes
Maple, Red (T)Acer rubrumÉrable rouge
Maple, Silver (T)Acer saccharinumÉrable argenté
Periwinkle *Vinca minorPetite pervenche
Speedwell, Slender *Veronica filiformisVéronique filiforme
Spring Beauty, Narrow-leavedClaytonia virginicaClaytonie de Virginie
NToothwort, Cut-LeavedCardamine concatenataDentaire laciniée
NTrillium, RedTrillium erectumTrille rouge
NTrillium, WhiteTrillium grandiflorumTrille blanc
NTrout-LilyErythronium americanumÉrythrone d'Amérique
Violet, CommonViola sororiaViolette parente
NViolet, Downy YellowViola pubescensViolette pubescente
Wild GingerAsarum canadenseAsaret gingembre
Willow sp (S)Saule...

Monday Wild Flower Walks

The Monday evening walks are beginning.
For meeting times and maps to locations contact Dean.

Monday, April 24 - Upper Dundas Valley from Lion's Pool, Ancaster

Monday, May 1 - South Shore Trails from Churchill Park, Hamilton

Dean also walks every Friday afternoon on RBG grounds
and/or the Hamilton Waterfront Trail.
Contact him at least 24 hours in advance for meeting points and times.

Photos from Fleur-Ange Lamothe

Some other Photos from Fleur-Ange

Photos and Information from Ron Hepworth

Ron passed away on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012. Because he kept records of early and peak blooming times for nearly 30 years and then passed along his summaries to me for this site, I plan on leaving his last summary here. Below is a small sample of what the whole summary looks like:

(observed at Brantford, Ont.) FF = First Flower/Pollen 43.10'N--80.12'W PB = Peak/Mid Bloom Date ( )= Interpolated Date E = Estimated Date SPECIES OBSERVED NO. FF FF PB PB LAG YRS 2010 MEAN 2010 MEAN IN DAYS willow buds (sprout/green) 15 Mar 9 Mar 15 Mar 17 Mar 27 -8.0 (Salix alba vitellina) Euro. hazelnut (FF/Pollen) 13 Mar 19 Mar 21 Mar 21 Mar 30 -5.5 (Corylus avellana) skunk cabbage (pollen/PB) 13 (Mar 18)Mar 25(Mar 31)Apr 2 -4.5 (Symplocarpus foetidus) --------------------------------------------------------------------- The link for the rest of the records is below:

Ron's 2010 Flowering Summary

Links to Wild Flower Page Home, etc.

Index & Home of the Wild Flower Page

January Blooms - Updated to January 31, 2017 February Blooms - Updated to February 28, 2017
March Blooms -Updated to March 31, 2017 April Blooms -Updated to April 30, 2016
May Blooms -Updated to May 31, 2016
June Blooms -Updated to June 30, 2016
July Blooms -Updated to July 31, 2016 August Blooms - Updated to August 31, 2016
September Blooms - Updated to Sept. 30, 2016 October Blooms - Updated to October 31, 2016
November Blooms - Updated to Nov. 30, 2016 December Blooms - Updated to Dec. 30, 2016

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