Wildflower Wander

This widepread  plant is quite invasive in  parts of New England. It is often grown as an ornamental ground cover due to its ability to form dense colonies.

This widepread plant is quite invasive in parts of New England. It is often grown as an ornamental ground cover due to its ability to form dense colonies.

May 18, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Learning, What's Happening

We’re watching for new blooms every day. Early spring flowers bask in our New England sunshine and brighten fields, forests, and wetlands with splashes of color. We’ve been recording first bloom dates at the Fairbanks Museum since 1904, and we’re not about to stop now — we’re simply moving our Wildflower Table online to bring you a virtual bouquet. Let us know what you’re seeing when you’re out wandering.

The Common Dandelion blankets fields with golden blooms.
The young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. The taproot can be boiled and eaten or dried and ground as a base for a hot drink.

A common cream-colored flower found in colonies in dry fields or shallow soil and named for the tight cluster of soft, fuzzy blossoms.
Sweet White Violet

The native sweet white violet is found in upland and riparian forests, swamps, shaded roadsides, ditches, and lawns.

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