What’s blooming at Tettegouche State Park

I spent three days and two nights camping with friends at Tettegouche State Park north of Duluth a week and a half ago.

bunchberry, northern bluebells, wild strawberry

Bunchberry, northern bluebells, wild strawberry

We went on a long hike each day – one through the woods to High Falls, and one along Lake Superior to Shovel Point.

self-heal, evening primrose, fireweed

Self-heal, evening primrose, fireweed

As is my habit, every hike turns into a wildflower hunt.

wild avens, wild rose, cinquefoil

Wild avens, wild rose, cinquefoil

It felt like every other minute I was stopping to photograph yet another specimen.

tall agrimony, American vetch, pussytoes

Tall agrimony, American vetch, pussytoes

Most were at ground level, but some were at eye level.

cow parsnip

Cow parsnip − some of these were taller than me!


black snakeroot and meadow rue

Black snakeroot, meadow rue


columbine, yarrow, bush honeysuckle

Wild columbine, yarrow, bush honeysuckle

The bush honeysuckle above is not a wildflower, but there were so many blooming that I had to include them. There were many other flowering shrubs, berries, and ferns that I’m not including.


I’m not sure whether this pretty buttercup is a native wildflower.

Many of the wildflowers we saw are natives, but of course there were also many non-natives…


Alsike clover, red clover, white clover


campion, field mustard, chickweed-alfalfa-pennycress

Clockwise from top left: campion, field mustard, chickweed, alfalfa, field pennycress seed pods

…including several on the Minnesota Wildflowers Invasive – ERADICATE! list.

devil flowers: devil's paintbrush, Glaucous King-devil

These two invasives look so similar except for their color, and they have similar common names: devil’s paintbrush and Glaucous King-devil. (The yellow one may instead be meadow hawkweed; I can’t tell the difference. If so, I’d like to switch to the other common name for the orange one – orange hawkweed – so these two flowers still match.)


daisy and birds-foot trefoil

Pretty but invasive: daisy and birds-foot trefoil

Back to the natives! Fortunately for me, the park’s visitors center compiled a list of the flowers that were blooming, so I had a head start on identifying those I didn’t already know:

one-flowered pyrola

One-flowered pyrola points nearly straight down, so I had to nearly lie on the ground to see its face.


shinleaf, pink corydalis, twinflower

Shinleaf, pink corydalis, twinflower

A new Instagram friend saw spotted coralroot a week earlier, an orchid I was disappointed to miss! I settled for a few black-eyed susans that were starting to bloom.

black-eyed susan

Black-eyed susan (please ignore the invasives in the background)

Quite a fun weekend for discovering wildflowers.


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