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
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
As is my habit, every hike turns into a wildflower hunt.
Wild avens, wild rose, cinquefoil
It felt like every other minute I was stopping to photograph yet another specimen.
Tall agrimony, American vetch, pussytoes
Most were at ground level, but some were at eye level.
Cow parsnip − some of these were taller than me!
Black snakeroot, meadow rue
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
Clockwise from top left: campion, field mustard, chickweed, alfalfa, field pennycress seed pods
…including several on the Minnesota Wildflowers Invasive – ERADICATE! list.
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.)
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 points nearly straight down, so I had to nearly lie on the ground to see its face.
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 (please ignore the invasives in the background)
Quite a fun weekend for discovering wildflowers.