Spring Wildflower Season is Here

The annual cycle of beautiful spring wildflowers is underway.

Most of the ones you will see during this season are “ephemerals”.  They emerge, grow quickly, flower, and then die back. These are mostly low growing with small but brightly colored flowers.  In many cases they take advantage of the sun’s rays before they are shaded out by the emergence of leaves on the trees and shrubs.  Each plant is individually beautiful. Some of the species are highly abundant and form large patches of color that light up the ground.

The majority of the wildflowers you will see at Reed-Turner are native to the region.  There are a few that come from other places – some of these are tolerated, as they “behave”, fitting into the ecosystem.  Others, like garlic mustard, dame’s rocket, and multiflora rose, are “bullies” – they crowd out the natives and in general are undesirable.  Volunteers and our summer interns spend weeks pulling out and trying to control these invasives.

During the spring season we will post periodic updates on what is in bloom.  Take a walk through the Preserve and see if you can spot them all – and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the season.

Click on the image for a list of our most prominent wildflowers and the expected time of bloom.