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April Wildflower Extravaganza

This post features assorted, spring flowers that I photographed this past April in Ohio that did not have spiders on them. Click on a flower if you’d like to see a larger version of it. Hovering over each photo with your mouse will display the species name if I’ve managed to identify it (Update: I’ve since gone back and added an identifying caption after each pair of flowers). If you can identify any of the mystery flowers, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Wild Geranium




Wood Poppy
Fleabane
Blue Bugleweed
Dwarf Cinquefoil
Squawroot (see post)
Violet Wood Sorrel
Greek Valerian (Polemonium caeruleum)
Rattlesnake Weed
Smooth Yellow Violet
Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)
Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)
Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllim)
Yellow Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum)
Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)
Amur (or Japanese) Honeysuckle buds
Common Violet
Tall hedge-mustard (Sisymbrium loeselii), an invasive plant introduced from Europe
Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Butterweed (Packera glabella)
Common Elderberry (Sambucus nigra canadensis)
Siberian bugloss
Spatterdock
Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)
Purple Dead Nettle (Lamium purpureum)
False Solomon’s Seal (Maianthemum racemosum), the blossoms aren’t open yet
Greek Valerian (Polemonium caeruleum), also known as Jacob’s Ladder
Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum)
Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)
Common bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
Violet Wood Sorrel




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14 thoughts on “April Wildflower Extravaganza

  1. Excellent collection of photos that really capture the feeling of spring. Many of your flowers in Ohio are so different from those I find way out west, but I think the yellow flower cluster towards the center of your post may be a type of wallflower (Erysimum). Perhaps Erysimum cheiranthoides or capitatum? If you remember what county you photographed them in, the USDA plants database maps are invaluable for narrowing down identifications!

    1. Thank you for your kind words about the photos, and for the lead on identifying the yellow flower cluster. I do usually know the county where I photographed something, so I’ll have to see what I can discover by checking out the USDA plant database.

    1. Sally, I missed your comment somehow. Sorry about that. In the meantime I thought I had identified that last flower (someone else had said they were “Harebells”), but I just googled images for wood hyacinth, and that looks like a really good match, too. Now I’m pretty confused about the whole thing. LOL. At any rate, I thank you for your suggested identification.

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