A Photographic                                             Field Guide to
Wildflowers
Moths are the ‘other’ members of the lepidoptera family (which includes butterflies)…the ones that most people ignore and consider annoying. They are often thought of as brownish flying insects, and as pests. However, they are vastly under-appreciated and most often overlooked. Moths are major pollinators of flowers. They are amazingly varied in appearance, and many are surprisingly beautiful. They may be extremely small, and yet some are as large as any butterfly. With somewhere around 13,000 species1 of moths in North America, they easily outnumber the 1,050± birds on our continent. Moths are often easier to study and enjoy than butterflies and they are usually available in the early evening, so no need to get up early. Take some time to look at moths, an unexpected wonder of nature.

Moths are the ‘other’ members of the lepidoptera family (which includes butterflies)…the ones that most people ignore and consider annoying. They are often thought of as brownish flying insects, and as pests. However, they are vastly under-appreciated and most often overlooked. Moths are major pollinators of flowers. They are amazingly varied in appearance, and many are surprisingly beautiful. They may be extremely small, and yet some are as large as any butterfly. With somewhere around 13,000 species1 of moths in North America, they easily outnumber the 1,050± birds on our continent. Moths are often easier to study and enjoy than butterflies and they are usually available in the early evening, so no need to get up early. Take some time to look at moths, an unexpected wonder of nature.

 

Welcome to the Photographic Field Guide to WILDFLOWERS.


Please note that some of the photos are NOT cropped tightly so as to display stems or leaves. Also, there may be several photos that are very wide angle and broad in range to show how the plant(s) may be found, or their environment (such as carpeting a large area).

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There may be multiple photos of some species (below) as these wildflowers may be variable in appearance or the habitat may be noteworthy.

Note: Photos are NOT to scale.

Unless otherwise noted, all photography and text on this page © Richard Wolfert, 2009-2017.


Wildflower Photos (wherever we find them)

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FIELD GUIDE TO WILDFLOWERS

Here are wildflowers arranged in a general color order as presented in the Peterson Field Guide Series-”A Field Guide to Wildflowers, Northeastern/North-central, North America”, by Roger Tory Peterson and Margaret McKenny. The edition I currently use is the 1968 edition. I will try to compare it with later editions to determine if names, range and other information had updated, if the varieties included have increased and so forth. If the new edition proves more helpful, the page numbers here will be updated. if anyone knows the answer to this, I would appreciate your contacting me HERE.

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Category/flower english name/flower latin name/page # in the Peterson Field Guide above. Other page # colors indicate different field guides or sources.


* Indicates pages from the Newcomb;s Wildflower Guide but the placement here will be in accordance with the Peterson guide for consistency and ease of identification. Most likely that wildflower was not noted in Peterson’s.

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White or Whitish Flowers                                                     [12]

  1. -Tuberous Water-lily (Nymphaea tuberosa)-6

  2. -Hedge Bindweed (Convolvulus sepium)-12

  3. -Pale Violet (Viola stricta)-24

  4. -White Avens ((Geum canadense)-28

  5. -Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)-32

  6. -Bluets (Houstonia caerulea)-40

  7. -Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)-44

  8. -Queen Ann's Lace/Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)-48

  9. -Pokeweed (phytolacca americana)-60

  10. -Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbrellatum)-64

  11. -Garlic Mustard (Alliaria officianalis)-86

  12. -Lesser Daisy Fleabane-94 (Erigeron strigosus)-94


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Yellow Flowers                                                                    [15]

  1. -Bullhead Lily (Nuphar Variegatum)-100

  2. -Trout-Lily (Erythronium americanum)-102

  3. -Butter-and-eggs (Linaria vulgaris)-104

  4. -Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)-112

  5. -Fine-leaved Sneezeweed (Helenium tennifolium)-112

  6. -Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicer japonica)-128

  7. -Lesser Celandine (Rannunculus ficaria -130

  8. -Common Cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex)-134

  9. -Rough-fruited Cinqfoil (Potentilla recta)-134

  10. -Spotted St. Johnswort (Hypericum punctatum)-138

  11. -Yellow Loosestrife (Lysimachia terrestris)-140 (266*)

  12. -Yellow Wood-sorrel (Oxalis stricta) -148

  13. -Winter Cress (Barbarea vulgaris) -158

  14. -Pineapple Weed (Matricaria matricariioides)-166

  15. -Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) -170


Orange Flowers                                                                     [4]

  1. -Tiger Lily (Liliumtigrinum)-206

  2. -Jewelweed/Spotted Touch-me-not (impatiens capensis)-208

  3. -Yellow Milkwort. (Polygala lutea)-208

  4. -Orange Hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum)-208


Pink to Red Flowers                                                            [21]

(As noted in the Peterson FG, this could include purple or purplish flowers, and lavender-red, and possibly even some violet-blue flowers as variations and range of colors may be prominent.

  1. -Moccasin Flower/Pink Lady's-slipper (Cypripedium acaule)-212

  2. -Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicara sempervirens)-216

  3. -Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)-216

  4. -Purple Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)-216

  5. -Swamp Rose-mallow (Hibiscus palustris)-218

  6. -Depford Pink (Dianthus armeria)-222

  7. -Corn-cockle (Agrostemma githago)-222

  8. -Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)-246

  9. -Rabbits-foot Clover (Trifolium arvense)-246

  10. -Crown-vetch (Coronilla varia)-252

  11. -Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)-264 (orange variant)

  12. -Cuckooflower (Cardamine pratensis)-272

  13. -Pennsylvania Smartweed (Polygonum pennsulvanicum)-276

  14. -Pokeweed ((phytolacca americana)-280

  15. -Purple Loostestrife (Lythrum salicaria)-288

  16. -Blunt-leaved Milkweed (Asclepias amplexicaulis)-294

  17. -Field Garlic (Allium Vineale)-296

  18. -Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)-302

  19. -Field Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)-304

  20. -Spotted Knapweed-306 (Centaurea grandiflora)-306

  21. -Field Garlic (Allium Vineale)-308


Violet to Blue Flowers                                                          [14]

  1. -Pickerelweed flower (Pontederia cordata)-316

  2. -Periwinkle (Vinca minor)-322

  3. -Horse Nettle (Solanum carolinense) (White form)-324

  4. -Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium montanum)-326

  5. -Great-spurred Violet (Viola Selkirkii) -328

  6. -Bird's Eye Speedwell (Veronica persica)-336

  7. -Thyme-leaved Speedwell (Veronica sepyllifolia)-336

  8. -Venus’ Looking-glass (Specularia perfoliata)-340

  9. -Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata)-342

  10. -Blue Toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis)-344

  11. -Gill-Over-the-Ground/Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)-348

  12. -Large-leaved Aster (Aster macrophyllus)-354

  13. -Bachelor's-button/Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)-362

  14. -Chicory (Chichorium intybus)-362


Green and Brown Flowers                                                    [2]


    Green Flowers

  1. -Cypress Spurge (Euphorbiaceae cuyparissias)-374

  2. -Common (Prostrate) Knotweed (Ploygonum aviculare)-386

   

    Brown Flowers

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