Wild Flower Watch

Last Update:

January 7, 2023

Time Covered:



Some RBG properties, the Hamilton Waterfront Trail and &
a property just west of the Hamilton border.


During the pandemic I was not able to visit the RBG & Hamilton area to look for flower and so I got out of the habit of updating this website every week. Instead, I worked on my daily blog and started putting down flowers from home, just west of the Hamilton border as well as other nature observations. I am still doing that so if you would like to see the more limited list of daily flower blooms have a look at my blog:


Following a list of flowers that I have seen blooming during Januarys of the past years.

January Flower Records
Hamilton and Brantford Areas, Canada
Updated to January 31, 2022

Following are records of 28 wild or naturalized plant species and
22 cultivated species seen blooming in January during the last 24 years
in the Hamilton/Brantford areas.

English Name Latin Name French Name
Bittercress, Hairy *Cardamine hirsuta cardamine hérissée
Charlock *Sinapis arvensismoutarde des champs
Chickweed, Common * Stellaria mediastellaire moyenne
Chickweed, Mouse-Ear *Cerastium fontanumcéraiste vulgaire
Dandelion, Common *Taraxacum officinalepissenlit officinal
Dandelion, Red-Seeded *Taraxacum erythrospermumpissenlit à graines rouges
Dead-Nettle, Purple *Lamium purpureumlamier pourpre
Dead-Nettle, Spotted *Lamium maculatumlamier maculé
Fleabane, DaisyErigeron annuusvergerette annuelle
Goldenrod, TallSolidago altissimaverge d`or haute
Groundsel, Common * Senecio vulgarisséneçon vulgaire
Groundsel, Sticky * (S.Ragwort)Senecio viscosusséneçon visqueux
Hemlock, Poison *Conium maculatumciguë maculée
Johnny Jump-Up *Viola tricolorviolette tricolore
Mustard, Dog *Erucastrum gallicummoutarde des chiens
Mustard, Field *Brassica rapamoutarde des oiseaux
Mustard, Wormseed *Erysimum cheiranthoidesvélar fausse-giroflée
Pennycress, Field *Thlaspi arvensetabouret des champs
Peppergrass, WildLepidium virginicumlépidie de Virginie
Periwinkle *Vinca minorpetite pervenche
Rocket, Dame's *Hesperis matronalisjulienne des dames
Shepherd's Purse *Capsella bursa-pastorisbourse-à -pasteur
Spurge, Leafy *Euphorbia esulaeuphorbe ésule
Spurge, Petty *Euphorbia pepluseuphorbe des jardins
Storksbill *Erodium cicutariumérodium cicutaire
Tansy *Tanacetum vulgaretanaisie vulgaire
Whitlow Grass *Draba vernadrave printani ère
Witch-hazel, AmericanHamamelis virginianahamamélis de Virginie

Cultivated Plants

Rose sp.*Rosarosier
Snowdrops *Galanthus nivalisperce-neige
Veronica "Whitewater' *Veronica 'Whitewater'véronique 'Whitewater'
Viburnum, Dwarf Fragrant *Viburnum farreri 'Nanum'viorne odorant naine
Viburnum, Fragrant 'Album' *Viburnum farreri 'Album'viorne de farrer
Viburnum, Fragrant *Viburnum farreriviorne odorante
Witch Hazel, 'Aurora' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Aurora'noisetier de sorci ère 'Aurora'
Witch Hazel, 'Barmstedt Gold'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Barmstedt Gold'hamamélis 'Barmstedt gold'
Witch Hazel, 'Brandis' *Hamamelis × intermedia 'Brandis' noisetier de sorci ère 'Brandis'
Witch Hazel, 'Cyrille'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Cyrille'noisetier de sorci ère 'Cyrille'
Witch Hazel, 'Goldcrest' *Hamamelis mollis 'Goldcrest'hamamélis de chine 'Goldcrest'
Witch Hazel, 'Heinrich Bruns'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Heinrich Bruns'hamamélis 'Heinrich Brunss'
Witch Hazel, 'Jelena' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'noisetier de sorci ère 'Jelena'
Witch Hazel, 'Orange Beauty' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Orange Beauty'noisetier de sorci ère 'Orange Beauty'
Witch Hazel, 'Pallida'*Hamamelis molis 'Pallida'noisetier de sorci ère 'Pallida'
Witch Hazel, 'Primavera' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Primarvera'hamamelis intermédiaire'Primarva'
Witch Hazel, 'Rochester'*Hamamelis 'Rochester'hamamélis 'Rochester'
Witch Hazel, 'Ruby Glow' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Ruby Glow'noisetier de sorci ère 'Ruby Glow'
Witch Hazel, 'Westerstede'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Westerstede'noisetier de sorci ère 'Westerstede'
Witch Hazel, 'Winter Dawn'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Winter Dawn'noisetier de sorci ère 'Winter Dawn'
Witch Hazel, Chinese 'Brevipetala'*Hamamelis 'Brevipetala'hamamélis de chine 'Brevipetala'
Witch Hazel, Chinese 'Wisley Supreme'*Hamamelis mollis 'Wisley Supreme'hamamélis de chine 'Wisley Supreme'

Photo from Fleur-Ange Lamothe

Photos and Information from Ron Hepworth

Ron passed away on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012. Because he kept records of early and peak blooming times for nearly 30 years and then passed along his summaries to me for this site, I plan on leaving his last summary here. Below is a small sample of what the whole summary looks like:

(observed at Brantford, Ont.) FF = First Flower/Pollen 43.10'N--80.12'W PB = Peak/Mid Bloom Date ( )= Interpolated Date E = Estimated Date SPECIES OBSERVED NO. FF FF PB PB LAG YRS 2010 MEAN 2010 MEAN IN DAYS willow buds (sprout/green) 15 Mar 9 Mar 15 Mar 17 Mar 27 -8.0 (Salix alba vitellina) Euro. hazelnut (FF/Pollen) 13 Mar 19 Mar 21 Mar 21 Mar 30 -5.5 (Corylus avellana) skunk cabbage (pollen/PB) 13 (Mar 18)Mar 25(Mar 31)Apr 2 -4.5 (Symplocarpus foetidus) --------------------------------------------------------------------- The link for the rest of the records is below:

Ron's 2010 Flowering Summary

A link to a new portfolio, under very slow construction, of flowers from Dean, Fleur-Ange and Ron is below:

Portfolio of Various Photos

Links to Wild Flower Page Home, etc.

Index & Home of the Wild Flower Page

January Blooms - Updated to January 27, 2022 February Blooms - Updated to February 28, 2021
March Blooms -Updated to March 31, 2021 April Blooms -Updated to April 30, 2020
May Blooms -Updated to May 31, 20
June Blooms -Updated to May 31, 2020
July Blooms -Updated to July 31, 2020 August Blooms - Updated to August 31, 2020
September Blooms - Updated to Sept. 30, 2020 October Blooms - Updated to October 31, 2021
November Blooms - Updated to Nov. 1, 2022 December Blooms - Updated to Dec. 30, 2016

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