With the sudden warming temperatures, we are starting to see some spring flowers in the forest and along the trails. As I was looking for my daily picture, I realized I had accumulated a few shots that could make up a post all on their own. I used my PictureThis phone app to identify many of these flower species.
I didn’t need an app for this one! Ontario’s provincial flower is usually recognized as the white variety, but the red trillium is also quite common. The trillium is a very sensitive plant; if picked or cut, it could take up to seven years for the trillium flower to bloom again. I ended up laying down flat on the ground to get this shot, luckily it was pretty dry in that area.
This small white flower seemed to carpet certain areas of the forest. According to my PictureThis app, it is a species of bleeding-heart.
This dense ground cover is an invasive species in Ontario and grows thick along pathways and some forest floors, if it has been introduced. We see it a lot along trails where it may have been planted in a garden and encroached into the natural areas.
A species of liverwort, this small flower grows in clumps. According to the Lady Bird Johnson Flower Centre, the liverwort was used by early herbalists to treat some ailments due to the fact that the 3-lobed leaf resembles a liver. However, PictureThis indicates that the plant is actually toxic.
These small purple flowers were found all over the forest in small clumps, but spread over a wide area. The plant’s scientific name, (Claytonia caroliniana) comes from John Clayton, an 18th century botanist and an early collector of plant specimens (Adirondack Wildflowers).
I made reference to this flower in my last weekly post. It’s mottled leaves and long yellow bloom make it easy to recognize. I often see these during my spring fishing trip to Algonquin Park, along the portages that pass through hardwood hills.
We’ve seen these flowers for the past couple of weeks, and may have been one of the first ones I saw this spring. This herb was considered to have medicinal properties, according to PictureThis, and used to treat inflammation.