Carolina Allspice – 6/4/24

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/4/24 Observation Time: 9:05 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Carolina Allspice Scientific Name: Calycanthus floridus Comments: Also known as Carolina Sweetshrub, this plant deserves its name. The blossoms are fragrant and the leaves are aromatic when bruised. More Information: Wikipedia and North Carolina Native Plant Society

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Mouse-ear Chickweed – 5/7/24

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/7/24 Observation Time: 11:00 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Mouse-ear chickweed Scientific Name: Cerastium fontanum Comments: Mouse-ear chickweed is a herb. Herbs are broad-leaved, herbaceous (non-woody) plants. Herbaceous plants are also known as forbs or wildflowers. More Information: Kansas Native Plants

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Azure Bluets – 5/4/24

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/4/24 Observation Time: 11:40 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (TTOR) Common Name: Azure Bluet Scientific Name: Houstonia caerulea Comments: Azure bluets are also know as Quaker ladies. More Information: Wikipedia

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Lesser Periwinkle – 4/28/24

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 4/28/24 Observation Time: 11:00 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (The Trustees of Reservations) Common Name: Lesser Periwinkle Scientific Name: Vinca minor Comments: Also known as dwarf periwinkle and creeping myrtle, this non-native plant comes from Europe. It makes a good groundcover, and it produces lovely purple blossoms in spring and into summer, but once established it spreads and is hard […]

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Early Meadow Rue – 4/28/24

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 4/28/24 Observation Time: 10:45 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (TTOR) Common Name: Early Meadow Rue Scientific Name: Thalictrum dioicum Comments: Early meadow-rue is a graceful, 8-30 in. perennial with long-stalked leaves divided into many delicate, lobed segments. Petal-less flowers have yellow stamens that hang like small tassels. The female tassel-like blossoms are purple and appear on separate plants. This flower blooms […]

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Wood Anemone – 4/27/24

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 4/27/23 Observation Time: 4:30 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (TTOR) Common Name: Wood Anemone Scientific Name: Anemone quinquefolia Comments: Also called wood windflower, wood anemone is one of the earliest blooming flowers in the rich, moist forests of New England. Look for showy white flowers poking above the dissected leaves, only 3 inches (7 cm) tall. These offer food to […]

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Garlic Mustard – 4/27/24

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 4/27/24 Observation Time: 4:30 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (The Trustees of Reservations) Common Name: Garlic mustard Scientific Name: Alliaria petiolata Comments: Garlic Mustard is a biennial. First year plants are a rosette of 3 to 4 round, scallop edged leaves.  In second year the plant reaches height of 2 to 3 feet. Leaves on bolting stems are triangular […]

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Common Blue Violet – 4/27/24

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 4/27/24 Observation Time: 4:10 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (The Trustees of Reservations) Common Name: Common Blue Violet Scientific Name: Viola sororia Comments: The blossoms of common blue violets come in colors ranging from white to purple. The two plants shown in the photos were growing a few feet from each other.  More information: Wild Edible The pasture at Moose […]

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Narrow-leaved Spring Beauty – 4/23/24

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 4/23/24 Observation Time: 8:30 a.m. Observation Location: Sharon Common Name: Narrow-leaved Spring Beauty Scientific Name: Claytonia virginica Comments: Its scientific name honors Colonial Virginia botanist John Clayton (1694–1773). Spring Beauty is an endangered species in Massachusetts. Please do not dig up any wildflowers you may find in Sharon. Please leave them for everyone to enjoy! More Information: Massachusetts Natural Heritage and […]

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Siberian Squill – 4/21/24

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 4/21/24 Observation Time: 8:15 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Siberian Squill Scientific Name: Scilla Siberica Comments: Siberian Squill was brought to this country as an ornamental and is still sold for that purpose, but it has also escaped into the wild and become invasive. It readily spreads itself and is difficult to get rid of, as broken […]

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Ladies Tresses – 9/14/23

Observer: Marshall Katler Observation Date: 9/14/23 Observation Time: 8:30 a.m. Observation Location: old field at King Phillip’s Rock area Common Name: Ladies’ Tresses Scientific Name: Spiranthes cernua Comments: Typically found in fields, damp meadows, moist thickets, and grassy swamps, Ladies’ Tresses bloom in late summer and fall. Please do not dig up wildflowers. More Information: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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Golden Ragwort – 5/28/23

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/28/23 Observation Time: 11:45 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (under high tension wires) Common Name: Golden Ragwort Scientific Name: Senecio aureus (also known as Packera aurea) Comments: Golden Ragwort is a biannual plant with yellow-orange flowers. It grows to a height of 2 feet and belongs to Asteraceae family (i.e. asters). More Information: Grow Native

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Siberian Iris – 5/23/23

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/23/23 Observation Time: 8:25 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Siberian Iris Scientific Name: Iris siberica Comments: These gaudy flowers are non-native. They are typically purple, but they come in a range of colors including white. More Information: Wikipedia

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Yellow Star Grass – 5/17/23

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/17/23 Observation Time: 7:10 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Yellow Star Grass Scientific Name: Hypoxis hirsuta Comments: Yellow star-grass is the only native wildflower with a six-petaled yellow blossom. More Information: U.S. Wildflowers

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Blue Toadflax – 5/16/23

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/16/23 Observation Time: 4:15 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary (Bluff Trail) Common Name: Blue Toadflax Scientific Name: Nuttallanthus canadensis Comments: These diminutive wildflowers bloom from April to September. At first glance they look like nondescript spindly weeds, but viewed up close they are stunningly beautiful. More Information: Conn. Botanical Society

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Common Buttercup – 5/16/23

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/16/23 Observation Time: 3:40 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Common Buttercup Scientific Name: Ranunculus acris Comments: The Common Buttercup (Ranunculus acris); also called Tall Buttercup, Meadow Buttercup and Blister Plant; is a perennial forb/herb in the Ranunculaceae family. The family and genus names come from the Latin for “little frog” because this family prefers wet areas. […]

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Marsh Blue Violet – 5/16/23

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/16/23 Observation Time: 3:30 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary (boardwalk) Common Name: Marsh Blue Violet Scientific Name: Viola cucullata Comments: The violets of North America come in two general forms, the stemmed violets and the stemless violets. Stemmed violets produce leaves and flowers on upright stems. Stemless violets produce leaves and flowers from and underground vertical or […]

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Jack-in-the-pulpit – 5/13/23

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/13/23 Observation Time: 11:20 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Jack-in-the-pulpit Scientific Name: Arisaema triphyllum Comments: Jack-in-the-pulpits grow in largely deciduous forests with plenty of shade. They prefer rich, moist soil and can often be found near wetlands and vernal pools. In the late summer, after the plant’s flower has been pollinated, it produces a large clump of […]

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Starflower – 5/13/23

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/13/23 Observation Time: 8:00 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Starflower Scientific Name: Lysimachia borealis Comments: Formerly known as Trientalis borealis, it has been shuffled around to new species name Lysimachia borealis (same genus as the yellow Loosestrifes) and moved to the Myrsinaceae (Myrsine) family. This member of the primrose family likes moist woods. It blooms in […]

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Star of Bethlehem – 5/11/23

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/11/23 Observation Time: 9:50 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Star of Bethlehem Scientific Name: Ornithogalum umbellatum Comments: The Star of Bethlehem is a genus (Ornithogalum) of perennial plants native to southern Europe belonging to the family Hyacinthaceae. Growing from a bulb, it has grass-like basal leaves and a slender stalk, up to 12 inches tall, bearing […]

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Lily of the Valley – 5/9/23

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/9/23 Observation Time: 8:25 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Lily of the Valley Scientific Name: Convallaria majalis Comments: Lily of the Valley is highly poisonous if consumed by humans or other animals. Please do not dig up any wildflowers you may find in Sharon. Please leave them for everyone to enjoy! More Information: Wikipedia

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Narrow-leaved Spring Beauty – 5/9/23

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/9/23 Observation Time: 8:15 a.m. Observation Location: Sharon Common Name: Narrow-leaved Spring Beauty Scientific Name: Claytonia virginica Comments: Its scientific name honors Colonial Virginia botanist John Clayton (1694–1773). Spring Beauty is an endangered species in Massachusetts. Please do not dig up any wildflowers you may find in Sharon. Please leave them for everyone to enjoy! More Information: Massachusetts Natural Heritage and […]

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Red Chokeberry – 5/9/23

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/9/23 Observation Time: 7:30 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary (in wetland) Common Name: Red Chokeberry Scientific Name: Aronia arbutifolia Comments: In eastern North America, two well-known chokeberry species are named after their fruit color, red chokeberry and black chokeberry, plus a purple chokeberry whose origin is a natural hybrid of the two. and Florida Wildflower Foundation More […]

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Common Blue Violet – 5/7/23

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/7/23 Observation Time: 6:25 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Common Blue Violet Scientific Name: Viola sororia Comments: These were growing along the driveway leading into the parking lot. Please do not dig up wildflowers. More information: The Botanical Hiker

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Sand violet – 4/28/23

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 4/28/23 Observation Time: 11:00 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Sand Violet (also known as Hookedspur Violet) Scientific Name: Viola adunca Comments: Sand violet grows where the soil has been disrupted and exposed. I saw this one in an eroded area beside a sloping trail. Sand violet is listed as a species of special concern in […]

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