Plants

Aster

September 2013
ASTERS have star-shaped flower heads. There are many different kinds of aster and most of them bloom in late summer or early fall. A common aster of woods and thickets is heart-leaved aster,

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CARDINAL FLOWER, Lobelia cardinalis

August 2013
Cardinal flower is a striking plant standing two to five feet tall. It has scarlet petals the color of a cardinal’s robe. The flower is a long tube with two lobed lips and protruding stamens.

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SPOTTED WINTERGREEN, Chimaphila maculata

July 2013
Spotted Wintergreen, also known as striped prince’s-pine or pipsissewa, is an attractive sub-shrub of the forest floor conspicuous by its waxy, dark green leaves, which have a white stripe along the midrib.

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LITTLE WOOD SATYR, Megisto cymela

June 2013
At the woodland edge, near meadows and fields, look for the little wood satyr, which is a member of the brushfoot family of butterflies. Its brown wings span about one and a quarter inches,

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SPICEBUSH, Lindera benzoin

April 2013
Spicebush is a fairly common large shrub in the understory near streams and in lowlands. Spicebush grows slowly, reaching up to 10 feet high and two to eight feet wide.

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TROUT LILY, Erythronium americanum

May 2012
Trout Lily is also known as dogtooth violet or yellow adder’s tongue. It grows in colonies in moist woods. Yellow, nodding flowers are carried singly above the basal mottled leaves,

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SHADBUSH, Amelanchier canadensis

April 2012
Shadbush is a multi-stemmed, vase-shaped shrub, the smallest of the many serviceberry species, which grows to be 10 to 20 feet high and five to 10 feet wide. Shadbush is also called thicket shadbush,

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FERNS IN THE SNOW

January 2012
Unlikely as it may seem, some ferns are easy to find despite a several-inch blanket of snow. Most ferns emerge in April, grow spores under their fronds in the summer,

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