Browsing category: Woodland & Meadow Perennials

Starflower (Trientalis borealis)

The starflower is a beautiful little New England wildflower that thrives in our cool woods and peat-rich soil. We often see them growing next to large trees or rocks in shaded areas. The entire plant measures from four to eight inches tall.


Foam Flower (Tiarella cordifolia)

There are four varieties of foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia)… the variety that is most common here has the characteristic leaves that look like maple leaves, but with more rounded edges.


Looking for Blooms

Did you ever notice how beautiful the blossoms of ordinary wildflowers can be? Although their sheer numbers sometimes keep us from really noticing or appreciating them, many are striking enough to rival plants we deliberately cultivate.


Fringed Polygala (Polygala paucifolia)

Fringed polygala (Polygala paucifolia) has creeping stems that grow partly under the soil and partly on top of the soil, with several shiny leaves at the top of each stem. The stems are less than six inches long, so the flowers grow very close to the ground.


Wild Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

The red wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is a member of the buttercup family. This perennial wildflower is also sometimes called rock bells because of its bell-like flowers, and it looks somewhat similar (although not as showy) as the garden columbines.


Dogtooth Violet (Erythronium americanum)

Dogtooth violets (Erythronium americanum) have many names, including trout lily and adder’s tongue. I would guess that the various names came about because the root is white and smooth and shaped like a canine tooth…


Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)

Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) is a member of the birthwort family. It prefers moist, well-drained soil and is usually found in shady, wooded areas. The leaves are large… from three to six inches across… and are thick and fuzzy and have prominent veins.


Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema atrorubens)

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema atrorubens)… also sometimes called Indian Turnip because the root is shaped like a turnip… is a unique wildflower.


Bluebead Lily (Clintonia borealis)

Bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis) is a member of the lily family and is also sometimes called yellow clintonia or corn lily. We often find it growing in large clumps near the red trilliums… both plants thrive in the moist, acid soil found in our wooded areas.


Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)

Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) likes deeply-dug soil that is rich and full of compost. It grows best for me in shade or part shade and in somewhat moist soil. Lily of the Valley is an herbaceous perennial… the rhizomes spread underground and form colonies.