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urtica PRO 2:01am, 29 April 2008
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boondockstudios PRO 10 years ago
Half an inch wide or so, growing wild in the grass. Central Florida.

TER-OR PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by TER-OR (member) 10 years ago
Wild Phlox

A wild Phlox, if I'm correct. Which species I don't know. It doesn't seem to exactly match the ones in my books. It's widespread here in Northeastern Illinois. Though, looking more closely I don't think it's a Phlox, it has 6 petals. It seems too small for a Blue-Eye Grass, it's only about 6" tall.

Wild Phlox
karenphillips 10 years ago
I've got three that are puzzling me - all from Josephine County, Oregon

This one grows on serpentine. I've seen it on Eight Dollar Mountain and Rough & Ready Botanical Wayside. It's a member of the Polemoniaceae, but which one? The whole plant is less than 3" tall, if that helps.


This one also in serpentine, but in boggy soils - growing next to big groups of Collinsia. The whole flower head is less than 1/2" across.

Mystery pink flower

And this is a Trifolium - I think it's T. howellii, but would like a confirmation. Found on the Limpy Creek Trail.


I appreciate any help you can give me - Thanks!
vonstanger 10 years ago
The top one looks like a lananthus bicolor, True Baby Stars. I am not sure about the others.
karenphillips 10 years ago
Update on my photos - photo #1 is Collomia heterophylla, photo #2 is Plectritis congesta. The jury's still out on photo #3.
karenphillips 10 years ago
Anna - could you provide some locations for the plants you've posted? That would help a lot!
boondockstudios PRO 10 years ago
#1 has been identified as Phyla nodiflora, turkey tangle fogfruit
urtica PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by urtica (admin) 10 years ago
Both of the above pink flowers look an awful lot like Geranium maculatum. I don't know if there are similar species in the West Virginia flora, I'd want to see the leaves of both to know more.
Galactic Dreams Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Galactic Dreams (member) 10 years ago
I have absolutely no idea what this is, only i know it's not a blue dick, or sea thrift.
Bunch O' Hugs
Old Dog Photo 10 years ago
Unknown Wildflower

Leaf of Unknown Wildflower

This flower was found along the edge of our woods in PA. I thought the flower looked like an evening primrose but the foliage is all wrong for that.

Can anyone identify?
jpc.raleigh 10 years ago
Mid April in piedmont of North Carolina. Flowers have heath family shape but may not be fully open. Leaves are slightly lobed, three-part palmately compound, and alternate. Later, May 10, there were bunches of very hairy berries (green so far)

Unknown shrub
Josh*m Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Josh*m (member) 10 years ago
jpc.raleigh: I think that may be Rhus aromatica. Perhaps someone else can confirm.

It's funny because I was just walking past some Rhus aromatica yesterday, wondering why I never see it in flower, and curious about what the flowers look like.
paterdr PRO 10 years ago
For Ter-or. I think Wild Phlox has a more elongated petal with a slight indentation at the tip. I've posted on on my page, or look here for "Wild Blue Phlox". There are lots of varieties, however, and I'm not an expert.
GrantcKohler 10 years ago
What type of flower is this, i cant figure it out. I took this picture in the foothills of boise idaho.
Foothill Flower
Galactic Dreams Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Galactic Dreams (member) 10 years ago

It's called a Bachelors Button or Cornflower it comes in white, blue, purple, and pink.
Scientific name: (Centaurea cyanus)
ealderink 10 years ago
I found this in only one spot in the woods, May 25, West Michigan, USA. I can't find it in any of my guides. Flower is about 1.5 inches across. Leaves are more like course grass.

karenphillips 10 years ago
The white flower from Michigan looks like Ornithogalum umbellatum - a.k.a. Star of Bethlehem.
TER-OR PRO 10 years ago
Looks like Star of Jerusalem to me, too.
Star of Jeruselem 1
Galactic Dreams Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Galactic Dreams (member) 10 years ago
Scary Leaf Sparkling Petals
Oakland Emergency Aspire

thank you for any help! :)
CRimages PRO 10 years ago

Bloomfield/Windsor, Connecticut border (Eastern United States) - open field - full sunlight/no shade - stalk up to 24-30" in height - reddish purple center, 1" diameter resembling garlic bulbs? - long green stems extending from center, varying lengths. Taken on Friday, June 20th, 2008.

Could be Wild Garlic (Allium canadense) or Wild Onion (Allium crispum)?
milesizz PRO 10 years ago
Allium canadense also called meadow garlic.
Alastair B Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Alastair B (member) 10 years ago
Found by a lakeshore in Adirondacks (upstate NY) in June: (href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/onopordum/2629979620/">IMG_5512
Alastair B 10 years ago
milesizz PRO 10 years ago
Columbine and a button bush.
milesizz PRO 10 years ago
The blue one is chicory. It is a weed.
Krisphotographer 10 years ago
The photo was taken in the Wayne National Forest in Ohio.

Oh What We Can See If We Look
Josh*m 10 years ago
I would think that krispicker's is Sabatia angularis.
jpc.raleigh 10 years ago
Can an aster bloom in June in northern Vermont?
early Aster?
Andrew Henwood PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Andrew Henwood (member) 10 years ago
This flower seems really common in fields and by the roadside in July in the area south of Georgian Bay, Ontario. I can't seem to find it in my guides, and my searches haven't turned up a match. I shall be grateful for help. FOR MORE PICS & DETAIL, please see my photostream. Thanks.

DSCN1811 Pink Wildflower
randomtruth PRO 10 years ago
Galactic Dreams - that's Checker Bloom, Sidalcea glaucescens.
Galactic Dreams 10 years ago
thank you so much!
classy cherry [deleted] 10 years ago
classy cherry [deleted] 10 years ago
Strawberry Blite (Chenopodium capitatum, Blitum capitatum) is an edible annual plant, also known as Blite Goosefoot, Strawberry Spinach, Indian Paint, and Indian Ink. It is native to most of North America including the United States and Canada, including the state of Alaska. It is considered to be endangered in Ohio. It is also found in parts of Europe and New Zealand.

Small reddish flowers produce pulpy, bright red, edible fruit that resembles strawberries. The fruit also produces a red dye. The greens are edible raw or as a potherb, but should be eaten in moderation.

Strawberry Blite is found is moist, mountain valleys.
rockfarmer 10 years ago

An ID Please



This specimen has me stumped. It is a singular plant growing in dry sandstone soil at an elevation of 2650' in the hills of West Virginia. It appears to be in the primrose family however its petals are much more narrow and sex parts much more pronounced. The bloom is about 2.5" across and the plant is about 12" high.
Would appreciate ID assistance......
The_Good_Witch 10 years ago
This large shrub / small tree grows on my property - woodland setting in area of Ottawa Ontario. It seems to grow up to about 15 feet tall and self-seeds profusely. I have no idea what it is. Help?

milesizz PRO 10 years ago
Looks like European Buckthorn, an alien, invasive species.
rockfarmer Posted 10 years ago. Edited by rockfarmer (member) 10 years ago
Aberrant Blue of what ???

This specimen was found in typical pasture soil on our West Virginia farm. The flower mimics chicory to a certain extent, only blooms in sunlight and last just one day. The plant itself is about 12 inches tall with multiple sturdy ridged stems and alternating leaves. There are about 20 buds on each stem. The overview is of one plant.

Does anyone have a clue?

08/11/08 UPDATE

On further examination I believe this is a Double Chicory plant. It has two layers of petals rather than the normal single layer. Of the thousands of chicory plants I have observed this is the first of this variety I have found.

Has anyone else observed a similar specimen?
farmerchris Posted 10 years ago. Edited by farmerchris (member) 10 years ago
Received a bouquet of these with no identifying information. They are 1.5-2 inches wide and lovely. We just hope they are not poisonous to cats! Thanks for your opinion!

Answer: begonias. Thanks, intertubes. I love you!

CAJC: in the Rockies PRO 10 years ago
CAJC: in the Rockies PRO 10 years ago
so no they are not toxic unless you murder them for chewing on the leaves, which mine do.
classy cherry [deleted] 10 years ago
Help... the flower has a spiked globe after petals wilt.
Walk 18th August 2008 017
classy cherry [deleted] 10 years ago
Here is close up of flower
Walk 18th August 2008 019
classy cherry [deleted] 10 years ago
is this a buttercup?
kaymcgee08 10 years ago
Is this a "wild flower"? If so what is it? They grow on the side of the road here in North Alabama.
wild flower
milesizz PRO 10 years ago
Bruce, this is probably an avens.
CAJC: in the Rockies PRO 10 years ago
not a cosmos? Cosmos bipinnatus?
milesizz PRO 10 years ago
The one above the cosmos.
Daisy.Sue PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Daisy.Sue (member) 10 years ago
What are these cute little flowers grow along side
Lake Gleneida in Carmel,NY where they get plenty
of sun and little care on 5-27-08?
Daisy.Sue PRO 10 years ago
This flower was growing in an unmowed field in
Brunswick County, Calabash,North Carolina.
milesizz PRO 10 years ago
the top one is wild geranium.
Daisy.Sue PRO 10 years ago
What plant is this?
shantaya ~ dannie PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by shantaya ~ dannie (member) 10 years ago
I found this in Central Florida, in mid-September, on the edge of an abandoned grassy lot. The individual blossom-lets are very tiny, maybe 1/4 inch or so...

pchgorman PRO 10 years ago
This was taken in Southern Wisconsin in September, in the space between a small cattail marsh and a forest. It looks to me like Swamp Thistle (Cirsium muticum). What do you think?

Great Spangled Fritillary and Thistles by pchgorman
disgusted zephyr [deleted] 10 years ago
A gentian in the alpine of Jasper National Park, Alberta.

Gentian in the Rocky Mountain alpine
coxnatascha Posted 10 years ago. Edited by coxnatascha (member) 10 years ago
Spiranthes sp.? by coxnatascha

Please help! I can not ID this flower. I think it is in the
spiranthes genus but it does not exactly match any
of them I have seen. It was found growing in
Friendswood, TX(SE close to the Gulf of Mexico).
BigSkyKatie 10 years ago
Anyone know this one?


Jonathan.M. 10 years ago
a weird monotropa found by a friend in quebec

bookish in north park PRO Posted 9 years ago. Edited by bookish in north park (member) 9 years ago
This is a really tiny flower close to the ground. I photographed it in macro mode so it looks very large.

Is this White-eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium campestre?
Sisyrinchium campestre?

White-eyed Grass
Josh*m 9 years ago
Saveena: I think it is Nothoscordum bivalve.
Darn and I thought I had it! Of course that flower I named grows in Kansas and the one you named grows here in Texas! Thanks so much!
Saveena (AKA LHDugger) PRO Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Saveena (AKA LHDugger) (member) 9 years ago
These were all taken 3-6-09 in Houston, TX:

Some type of purple sage?

Flowers about an inch across... med sized tree:
White flowers on tree

I know it's an Iris... just not sure what kind:
White iris

Blue Salvia

Another salvia:
Blue salvia

About a quarter inch... looks like a dewberry flower, but smaller:
Small white flower

A pink salvia:
Pink salvia

A white salvia:
Salvia engelmannii?

Thanks in advance!
Myrna Attaway 9 years ago
Unknown flower

This flower was in Yellowstone National Park. I wasn't able to purchase a good field guide for the area, so I have no way to identify it.

Can anyone help me out?

vonstanger 9 years ago
Found at Mt Diablo State Park in Northern California. Growing on the Eastern side of the summit at about 3600ft. Only a 2 to 4 inches in height and in rocky soil.

IMG_4831 a
TER-OR PRO 9 years ago
These little flowers are popping up in low areas at the woods edges. I don't think it's Star of Bethlehem, it's too small, not all white and too early. I'm in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, in the Fox River basin.

white and blue 1
photos_martha 9 years ago
White Wildflower.jpg

taken April 10 in Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL. It is no bigger than 2" tall. Sorry we can't see the number of petals, and I don't see any leaves. The green leaf on the lower right is from another plant. Interestingly, the stems are "hairy".
liangjinjian 9 years ago
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liangjinjian 9 years ago
TER-OR PRO 9 years ago

You may find some IDs in there, Liang. It takes some sifting.
estradaleticia89 Posted 9 years ago. Edited by estradaleticia89 (member) 9 years ago
I need Help identifying a flower found in Sarasota Florida - specifically Nokomis (Southwest Florida Gulf Side) it is very small.
6 petals almost white or very little purple with white center -Sorry
I don't know how to add the picture but if you click on my id the picture will show up :)
Thank you
Chason Photos 9 years ago
Can anyone help with the identification for either of these wildflowers. Location is North Florida.

FL484 Wildflower

FL486 Wildflowers
D E Russell 9 years ago
Locality: Glen Cove, Long Island, New York. A member of the Ranuncula??

fierce dock [deleted] 9 years ago
This plant is growing in a madrone chaparral, Monterey County, CA. It's a perennial with an initial basal rosette, sympetalous, five petals, five stamens, separate, one ovary, two stigma branches, more info on post...thanks for any help, have tried Jepson, Munz, Hoover with no luck...

Alan Gage PRO 9 years ago
Got a couple that have stumped me from the prairies of NW Iowa this spring and would appreciate some help. More detailed descriptions if you follow the links to the pictures.

What is it?

What kind of Violet?


Milby Family 9 years ago
I know this should be easy, but...

 by Milby Family

Older northern Georgia oak-hickory forest, base of Appalachians.

Is it really just wood sorrel?
Bull Snook Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Bull Snook (member) 9 years ago
any body please, ive searched every book I have and all over the net,
any help would be great

named soon

named soon

hay field southern middle TN
thanks in advance
definitely bluet and looks a lot like the Houstonia canadensis. Gromwell has 5 petals.
pverdonk PRO 9 years ago
The Gifted Photographer Posted 9 years ago. Edited by The Gifted Photographer (member) 9 years ago

Atlanta, Georgia.. summertime ...

Update: someone just gave me the name for this wildflower:
Cleome hassleriana, also called spider-flower
Earth2Humans 9 years ago
Not sure if/what Penstemon this is. Found in North Central Minnesota, blooming July 4th.
Anyone have a clue what this flower is? I'd love an ID :-)
I took in June in Niagara County, Western NY.

ariananorth 9 years ago

Is this Harebell?
*archangela* Posted 9 years ago. Edited by *archangela* (member) 9 years ago

These flowers are growing prolifically along the stream bed of the Darby Creek near Columbus, Ohio. About 18 inches tall, marginal plant, 4? petals... Could anyone help me identify them? I thought they might be some kind of orchid or iris but I really have no clue what they are...
Josh*m 9 years ago
archangela7's plant is Justicia americana.
*archangela* Posted 9 years ago. Edited by *archangela* (member) 9 years ago

Here's another one from the Darby Creek, Ohio area... This one was blooming in the woods in June. Still a mystery to me... If anyone could help, I would sure appreciate it!
ariananorth 9 years ago
Archangela7, I think the it's Blue Eyed Grass.
bright_side 9 years ago
Looking for a help identifying a flower.
Found in SW Utah desert, about 6 inch tall; the flowers cluster is about 2 inches in diameter.
Unknown flower
magician13134 Posted 9 years ago. Edited by magician13134 (member) 9 years ago
Silene vulgaris (Bladder-Campion) by magician13134

Found this in Northern Michigan (Lower Peninsula) in very late July. Any idea what kind it is?

It was a very tiny flower, it could have fit on my fingernail, easily!
quack of dawn PRO 9 years ago

This flower was growing out at Cape Spencer, outside Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

The flower is approx. 1 inch across, it has fern-like leaves and is herbaceous.

Can't find it in Audubon's book of wildflowers.
Corey Husic 9 years ago


Any ideas on this native Pyrola?
fierce dock [deleted] 9 years ago
Unknown Asteraceae from Carrizo Plain National Monument, San Luis Obsipo, CA

Nice colors, Carrizo aster
bright_side 9 years ago
Looking for some flower identification help. It looks like an orchid, but I'm not sure. Found on the islands of Gulf of St.Lawrence.
Wild orchid
bright_side 9 years ago
Looking for some flower identification help, please.
A short (3-4") flower, growing in open on the rocky surface. Found on the islands of Gulf of St.Lawrence.
Delicate Northern flower
stookey 9 years ago
I have a couple that could use identifying:

flower12 by stookey

flower9 by stookey

flower6 by stookey

flower5 by stookey

flower4 by stookey

flower3 by stookey
Runs with Poodles PRO Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Runs with Poodles (member) 9 years ago
A Pretty Winter Flower . . .

A very small flower blooming in the meadow next to the saltmarsh in Coos County, Oregon.
*PhotoGarden* PRO 8 years ago

This was taken in Michigan at Hines Drive Park in Livonia.
*PhotoGarden* PRO 8 years ago


Here is another flower that I am having trouble identifying. It also was taken in Michigan towards the end of summer in August.
kccornell PRO Posted 8 years ago. Edited by kccornell (member) 8 years ago
anyone know what this is? Came across it in a wooded area of central Louisiana in March.
DSC_7479 by kccornell
patricklarson.com 8 years ago
Any ideas on this flower? I haven't seen it in Austin, TX before, but now it's blooming like crazy!

Spring in Austin by patricklarson.com
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