Wild Flower Watch

Last Update:

November 16, 2017

Time Covered:

November 10 - 16, 2017


RBG Rose Garden edges, Hendrie Valley, and Arboretum;
PlanB Organic Farm;
and a property just west of the Hamilton border


Since the first week in November we have had rain, 2 days and 2 nights of record cold and a bit of snow as well as high winds. Therefore, the number of blooming species has plumeted from 81 to 21 in a few days time. I also did not get to walk the Waterfront Trail so probably missed a few species blooming there.

Wild and Naturalized Flowers Blooming

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

New English Name Latin Name French Name
Alexanders, GoldenZizia aureaZizia doré
Alyssum, Hoary *Berteroa incanaBerteroa blanche
Aster, FrostSymphyotrichum pilosumAster velu
Butter-And-Eggs *Linaria vulgarisLinaire vulgaire
Clover, White Sweet *Melilotus albaMélilot blanc
Dandelion, Common *Taraxacum officinalePissenlit officinal
Fleabane, DaisyErigeron annuusVergerette annuelle
Goldenrod, CanadaSolidago canadensisVerge d`or du Canada
Goldenrod, TallSolidago altissimaVerge d`or haute
Goldenrod, ZigzagSolidago flexicaulisVerge d'or zigzag
HarebellCampanula rotundifoliaCampanule à feuilles rondes
Motherwort *Leonurus cardiacaAgripaume cardiaque
Mustard, Wormseed *Erysimum cheiranthoidesVélar fausse giroflée
Pennycress, Field *Thlaspi arvenseTabouret des champs
Queen Anne's Lace *Daucus carotaCarotte sauvage
Shepherd's Purse *Capsella bursa-pastorisBourse-à-pasteur
Spurge, Petty *Euphorbia peplusEuphorbe des jardins
Tansey *Tanacetum vulgareTanaisie vulgaire
Witch HazelHamamelis virginianaHamamélis de Virginie
Wormwood, Sweet *Artemisia annuaArmoise annuelle
Yarrow, Common *Achillea millefoliumAchillée millefeuille
Speedwell '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'

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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