Wild Flower Watch

Last Update:

December 14, 2017

Time Covered:

December 1 - 14, 2017


RBG Rose Garden edges, Hendrie Valley, and Arboretum;
Hamilton Waterfront Trail
and a property just west of the Hamilton border


During the first two weeks of December I found 18 wild or naturalized flower species in bloom as well as 4 cultivated species. All were blooming both weeks but looking more and more weathered.

Wild and Naturalized Flowers Blooming

(N = New for the season    * = Not native to our area)

New English Name Latin Name French Name
Alyssum, Hoary *Berteroa incanaBerteroa blanche
Aster, Heart-LeavedSymphyotrichum cordifoliumAster à feuilles cordées
Aster, HeathSymphyotrichum ericoidesAster éricoïde
Aster, New EnglandSymphyotrichum novae-angliaeAster de la Nouvelle-Angleterre
Aster, PanicledSymphyotrichum lanceolatumAster lancéolé
Butter-And-Eggs *Linaria vulgarisLinaire vulgaire
Chickweed, Common * Stellaria mediaStellaire moyenne
Dandelion, Common *Taraxacum officinalePissenlit officinal
Dandelion, Red-Seeded *Taraxacum erythrospermumPissenlit à graines rouges
Goldenrod, Lance-LeavedEuthamia graminifoliaVerge d`or à feuilles de graminée
Goldenrod, TallSolidago altissimaVerge d`or haute
Goldenrod, ZigzagSolidago flexicaulisVerge d'or zigzag
Groundsel, Common * Senecio vulgarisSéneçon vulgaire
Groundsel, Sticky *Senecio viscosusSéneçon visqueux
Johnny Jump-Up *Viola tricolorViolette tricolore
Pennycress, Field *Thlaspi arvenseTabouret des champs
Tansey *Tanacetum vulgareTanaisie vulgaire
Witch HazelHamamelis virginianaHamamélis de Virginie
Veronica "Whitewater' *Veronica 'Whitewater'Véronique 'Whitewater'
Witch Hazel, 'Champlins Red'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Champlins Red'Noisetier de sorcière 'Champlins Red'
Witch Hazel, 'Winter Dawn'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Winter Dawn'Noisetier de sorcière 'Winter Dawn'
Witch Hazel, 'Wisley Supreme'*Hamamelis mollis 'Wisley Supreme'Hamamélis de Chine 'Wisley Supreme'

Monday Wild Flower Walks

The Monday evening walks are finished for the season.

There will be a Saturday afternoon walk
near the end of January or in early February. Watch this space for details.

Dean walks every Friday afternoon on RBG grounds
and/or the Hamilton Waterfront Trail.
Contact him at least 24 hours in advance for meeting points and times.

Photos from Fleur-Ange Lamothe

Some other Photos from Fleur-Ange

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

Links to Wild Flower Page Home, etc.

Index & Home of the Wild Flower Page

January Blooms - Updated to January 31, 2017 February Blooms - Updated to February 28, 2017
March Blooms -Updated to March 31, 2017 April Blooms -Updated to April 30, 2016
May Blooms -Updated to May 31, 2016
June Blooms -Updated to June 30, 2016
July Blooms -Updated to July 31, 2016 August Blooms - Updated to August 31, 2016
September Blooms - Updated to Sept. 30, 2016 October Blooms - Updated to October 31, 2016
November Blooms - Updated to Nov. 30, 2016 December Blooms - Updated to Dec. 30, 2016

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