Wild Flower Watch

Last Update:

March 5, 2018

Time Covered:

February 17 -28, 2017


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


Lots of Witch Hazel cultivars started blooming during the last week
of February and I also saw the first Skunk Cabbage in bloom!

Wild and Naturalized Flowers Blooming

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

New English Name Latin Name French Name
Chickweed, Common * Stellaria mediaStellaire moyenne
NSkunk CabbageSymplocarpus foetidusSymplocarpe fétide
NSnowdrops *Galanthus nivalisPerce-neige
NWitch Hazel, 'Barmstedt Gold'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Barmstedt Gold'Hamamélis 'Barmstedt Gold'
NWitch Hazel, 'Brandis' *Hamamelis × intermedia 'Brandis' Noisetier de sorcière 'Brandis'
NWitch Hazel, 'Heinrich Bruns'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Heinrich Bruns'Hamamélis 'Heinrich Brunss'
NWitch Hazel, 'Jelena' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'Noisetier de sorcière 'Jelena'
NWitch Hazel, 'Pallida'*Hamamelis molis 'Pallida'Noisetier de sorcière 'Pallida'
NWitch Hazel, 'Primavera' *Hamamelis x intermedia 'Primarvera'Hamamelis intermédiaire'Primarva'
Witch Hazel, 'Rochester'*Hamamelis 'Rochester'Hamamélis 'Rochester'
NWitch Hazel, 'Westerstede'*Hamamelis x intermedia 'Westerstede'Noisetier de sorcière 'Westerstede'
NWitch Hazel, Chinese *Hamamelis 'Brevipetala'Hamamélis de chine 'Brevipetala'
Witch Hazel, Chinese 'Wisley Supreme'*Hamamelis mollis 'Wisley Supreme'Hamamélis de Chine 'Wisley Supreme'
NWitch Hazel, Vernal * (Ozark)Hamamelis vernalisHamamélis Printanier

Monday Wild Flower Walks

The Monday evening walks are finished for the season.

I said we would walk on a Saturday afternoon but changed my mind. We will meet at Cherry Hill Gate on Sunday March 18 at 1:30 p.m. to see what we can identify from last years remnants and early spring growth. As well, Cory Burt will bring his expertise to share re winter tree and shrub identification.

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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