Wild Flower Watch

Last Update:

March 11, 2017

Time Covered:

March 6 - 11, 2017


RBG Rose Garden, Hendrie Valley, Arboretum,
and a property just west of the Hamilton border


I found a tree with male catkins blooming in the Hendrie Valley labelled "Gray Alder." Only problem is the name is no longer is accepted. I am waiting to find out what the current name is. It seems to be beyond my ability to sort it out.

I also found a Speckled Alder in the wild section of the Arboretum with male catkins giving off pollen and one lone female flower on an American Hazel. The male catkins were extended but not releasing pollen yet. Colin, from the RBG found a Red Maple in bloom in the city of Hamilton.

Wild, Naturalized and Cultivated Flowers Blooming

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

New English Name Latin Name French Name
NAlder, Gray ?? (T)Alnus ... Aulne ...
NAlder, Speckled(S)Alnus incanaAulne blanc
Bittercress, Hairy *Cardamine hirsuta Cardamine hérissée
Chickweed, Common * Stellaria mediaStellaire moyenne
NHazel, American (S)Corylus americanaNoisetier d'Amérique
NMaple, Red (T)Acer rubrumÉrable rouge
Skunk CabbageSymplocarpus foetidusSymplocarpe fétide

Cultivated Plants

Crocus *Crocus sppCrocus
Snowdrops *Galanthus nivalisPerce-neige
Winter Aconite *Eranthus hyemalisAconit d'hiver
Witch Hazel, 'Agnes;Hamamelis × intermedia 'Agnes'Noisetier de sorcière 'Agnes'
Witch Hazel, 'Arnold's Promice' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold's Promise'Noisetier de sorcière 'Arnold's Promice'
Witch Hazel, 'Aurora' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Aurora'Noisetier de sorcière 'Aurora'
Witch Hazel, 'Barmstedt Gold'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Barmstedt Gold'Hamamélis 'Barmstedt Gold'
Witch Hazel, 'Brandis' *Hamamelis × intermedia 'Brandis' Noisetier de sorcière 'Brandis'
Witch Hazel, 'Cyrille'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Cyrille'Noisetier de sorcière 'Cyrille'
Witch Hazel, 'Heinrich Bruns'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Heinrich Bruns'Hamamélis 'Heinrich Brunss'
Witch Hazel, 'Jelena' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'Noisetier de sorcière 'Jelena'
Witch Hazel, 'Magic Fire' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Magic Fire'Noisetier de sorcière 'Magic Fire'
Witch Hazel, 'Orange Beauty' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Orange Beauty'Noisetier de sorcière 'Orange Beauty'
Witch Hazel, 'Pallida'*Hamamelis molis 'Pallida'Noisetier de sorcière 'Pallida'
Witch Hazel, 'Primavera' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Primarvera'Hamamelis intermédiaire'Primarva'
Witch Hazel, 'Rochester'*Hamamelis 'Rochester'Hamamélis 'Rochester'
Witch Hazel, 'Ruby Glow' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Ruby Glow'Noisetier de sorcière 'Ruby Glow'
Witch Hazel, 'Westerstede'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Westerstede'Noisetier de sorcière 'Westerstede'
Witch Hazel, 'Winter Dawn'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Winter Dawn'Noisetier de sorcière 'Winter Dawn'
Witch Hazel, Chinese 'Wisley Supreme'*Hamamelis mollis 'Wisley Supreme'Hamamélis de Chine 'Wisley Supreme'
Witch Hazel, Chinese *Hamamelis 'Brevipetala'Hamamélis de chine 'Brevipetala'
Witch Hazel, Japanese 'Arborea'*Hamamelis japonica 'Arborea'Hamamélis du Japon 'Arborea'
Witch Hazel, Vernal 'Sandra'*Hamamelis vernalis 'Sandra'Hamamélis Printanier 'Sandra'
Witch Hazel, Vernal * (Ozark)Hamamelis vernalisHamamélis Printanier

Monday Wild Flower Walks

The Monday evening walks will begin again in the spring.

Dean 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, 2016
March Blooms -Updated to March 31, 2016 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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