Monday, July 8, 2019

Wild Flowers

I'm sharing some pics of wild flowers
that I have taken over the years,
mostly here in Eastern Quebec.
With the help of the Internet to 
research and identify some of them, 
  I've created this blog. 

Wild flowers grow in the wild,
 forest, beaches, ditches and fields.
Most wildflowers are beautiful,
 fragrant and colourful and can be used
 for decorating, medicinal purposes and food.



Wild phlox.
(Phlox divaricata)

A fragrant flower that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
In a variety of colours from light purple, violet and white.
The first 5 photos, I took on the beach.


Common Primrose
(Primula Vulgaris) 
Visited by butterflies and small beetles.


A close up of the Primrose and Phlox together on the beach.




Seagrass
Grow in sand and marine environments.
Produces oxygen and in some areas
 their roots stabilizes coastal erosion in some regions.





Yellow Lady's Slipper.
(Cypripedium Parviflorum)
An wild orchid that grows in shady damp woodlands
and attracts pollinators.





Toadflax, Butter and Eggs.
(Linaria Vulgaris)
Similar to a snapdragon flower.
Food for a large number of insects such as moths.




Queen Anne Lace ~ Wild Carrot.
(Daucus Carota)
Grows on roadsides, in dry environments.
Flowers and roots are edible.






Golden Marguerite.
(Cota Tinctoria)
A yellow type daisy.
Also known as yellow chamomile.
Yellow orange dye from the flower,
 used to color fabric in the past.


Sedum  ~ Stonecrop.
There are many types of sedum.
The one below,  appears in a ball shaped 
plant in Spring with thick succulent leaves, 
and turns a colourful red in the Fall.
I found some growing in the forest
and transplanted them in my flower garden.




So pretty in Autumn.







Bird's Foot Trefoil
(Lotus Corniculatus) 

An ornamental ground cover.
Fragrant flower in yellow or orange.
Native to grasslands from the pea family Fabaceae



I found these bird's foot trefoil growing on the beach




Common Daisies
(Bellis Perennis)
Medically used for homeopathy for 
wounds and certain surgical procedures.

(He loves me ~ He loves me not)
We played this often in our youngers yrs, 
pulling out each petal.







Goldenrod
A herbal medicine used by for 
inflammation and irritation caused by 
bacterial infections or kidney stone. 



Wild Cottonweed
(Achillea Marítima)
Grow in ditches.



Wild Musk ~ Mallow
(Malva Moschata)
Grow in roadside ditches.
A fragrance flower, in pink and white.
Smells so divine...



They are also in white.
White Wild Musk 












White Woodland Asters
(Aster Divaricatus)
Native to Eastern North America.
Flowers in the Fall in the woods and ditches.






Asters
Bees and butterflies are attracted to
 this flower for Fall, late season nectar.
Their roots have been used in Chinese medicines.
The flower and leaves also provide health benefits.
Flowers can be eaten fresh and added to a salad.








 Fireweed
Appears in the Fall.
(Chamaenerion Angustifoloum)
The floral emblem of the Yukon.
Also used for many medical purposes,
inflammation, sleep problems and many more.

Fireweed beyond the backyard.

Dandelions
(Taraxacum)

The entire plant, including the leaves, stems, flowers
 and roots is edible and nutritious.
Dandelions are found on 6 continents.
An early Spring source of food for wildlife,
bees, butterflies and moths.


Dandelion Seeds
Pick one. Close your eyes, 
make a wish and blow the seeds into the air.
 Only one wish granted. 



Clover
Usually have three leaves.
The four leaf clover are considered 
a rarity and consider lucky.
Clover is one of the main nectar sources for honeybees.








False Soloman's Seal
(Similacina Racemose)

A relative of Lily Of The Valley.
An edible and medicinal plant used by Natives
for many uses, including rheumatism, 
rash, coughs and headaches.








The flowers turn to edible berries.
Enjoyed by beetles, small rodents 
and other wild life.




Wild Caraway
(Carum Carvi)
A white group of flowers at the top of 
several erect branched stems.
It develops a parsnip like root
 with black skin and white core.
This plant can be invasive.










Buttercups
(Ranunculus)
Unfortunately these pretty bright
 flowers are poisonous.





Wild Violets. 
Grow in the forest.
An edible flower and leaves.
Used medically to boost the immune system
and reduce inflammation.





White Wild Violets







Creeping Bellflower, (Bluebell)
(Campanula rapunculoides)
Extremely invasive.
Birds, bees and insects,  feed on the nectar.


Bluebells and Wild Musk





Blue Vetch
Attracts bees and butterflies.
Vetch vine can grow up to 2 meters,
strangling out smaller plants.





I find vetch annoying in my flowerbed.


There are many more wildflowers out there,
I will be adding more as I discover more.

All pics are my sole original property.

Thanks for your visit xo.


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