Spring Flowers at Reed-Turner

Every spring brings the beauty of thousands of wildflowers to the diverse habitats at Reed-Turner Woodland.  There are flowers here that you will not see in your suburban (or urban) yard.  They flourish in the rich soil in woodlands that have been untouched by human activity (including agriculture) for, in some cases, a hundred or more years.

Click on the flower below to see a list of the most prominent flowers and the typical times when they are in bloom.  Most of these plants are ephemerals- they blossom in early spring before being shaded out by the opening of the tree canopy leaves.  After blooming, they decline, die back and disappear for another year.

There are more rare plants at Reed-Turner.  These include seven plants which are “Plants of Concern”. These are species which our volunteers monitor annually to determine if they are flourishing, surviving or declining. The data are sent to the Chicago Botanic Garden, which amasses data from many locations in the Chicagoland area.  Due to the plants’ rarity, we do not list them here in order to protect them.

Image of wildflower Dutchman's Breeches

Dutchman’s Breeches