Tag Archives: Dogwood

#Wildflowers on the #Waterfalls Trail at Cloudland Canyon State Park 04/16/2014

Wednesday, 04/16/2014, woke up bright and beautiful, if a bit chilly with overnight lows in the lower 30’s. I had a reminder on my calendar to check for Trillium sulcatum, a species I had not seen previously, at Cloudland Canyon State Park. Calendar and weather were in sync, so around 10 AM I headed out for my first visit to this wonderful, nearby state park in 2014. I spotted some Vernal Iris (Iris verna) along the park’s entrance road, a portent of what I hoped would be a beautiful walk. I was not disappointed.

Vernal Iris - Iris verna

Vernal Iris – Iris verna

 

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Red-osier Dogwood (Western Dogwood) Fruit #Nativeplants

In early September I did a Boundary Waters canoe trip with a couple of friends – great time with them, and great to get back after several years of absence.  One of the plants I photographed was a large shrub with white berries.  I hadn’t been able to identify it until recently, when I was browsing my copy of Idaho Mountain Wildflowers – A. Scott Earle and saw those white berries in a photo.  Slapped my forehead – Dogwood!  Red-osier Dogwood has WHITE berries!  A bit more research on what Cornus species were found in Minnesota ensured that this was Cornus sericea.  I like reducing that list of “Unidentified” in my photo catalog.

Red-osier Dogwood, Western Dogwood, American Dogwood - Cornus sericea Berries

Red-osier Dogwood (Western Dogwood, American Dogwood) Berries

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Bunchberry – Cornus canadensis – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Bunchberry, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (09/20/2012.) Scientific name is Cornus canadensis.  Photo below was taken near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, St. Louis County, MN on Sep 9, 2012.   It  is also known by the common names Bunchberry Dogwood, Dwarf Dogwood, Canadian Bunchberry, Dwarf Cornel, and Creeping Dogwood.  Go to the Bunchberry detail page for more photos and information.

Bunchberry, Bunchberry Dogwood, Dwarf Dogwood, Canadian Bunchberry, Dwarf Cornel, Creeping Dogwood - Cornus canadensis

Bunchberry, Bunchberry Dogwood, Dwarf Dogwood, Canadian Bunchberry, Dwarf Cornel, Creeping Dogwood – Cornus canadensis

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Red-osier Dogwood – Cornus sericea – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Red-osier Dogwood, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (07/04/2012.) Scientific name is Cornus sericea.  Photo below was taken along the Kleinschmidt Grade in Adams County, ID on May  26, 2012.   It  is also known by the common names Western Dogwood, American Dogwood.  Go to the Red-osier Dogwood detail page for more photos and information.

Red-osier Dogwood, Western Dogwood, American Dogwood - Cornus sericea

Red-osier Dogwood, Western Dogwood, American Dogwood - Cornus sericea

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Just a Few Photos From My Yard This Morning

It was a beautiful morning today, and since I work from home on Mondays I had an extra few minutes before starting work.  I used those minutes to walk around our yard taking a few photos:

Fleabane

Fleabane

This Fleabane is growing in our yard along the sidewalk to our driveway.  I’m probably a bit negligent with mowing the lawn, and I’m not sure the patches of Fleabane I leave when I do mow are fully appreciated by others.  Thanks to my tolerant wife!

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