first wish was to find the bog north of the Ski Hill rd. #64 on the Superior
Hiking Trail. After we walked about 30 minutes we were there!!
Leatherleaf, Bog Rosemary, gone to seed, Sundew and a small white orchis
that we didn't identify until we got home. It had no visible leaves,
only a couple small leafy sheaths. The flowers did not spiral either. We
now feel quite sure it was a Snowy Orchis (which was not shown in
"Orchids of Minnesota" by Welby R. Smith).
We then went to the Forestry - Cascade
River Campground to eat and along the shore were these smaller
plants with bright red seed pods on top. We somewhat decided they were
Pale St. Johnswort but weren't sure. We saw one five petaled flower.
Other things we saw while eating lunch were: Arrowhead, Meadowsweet,
Water Parsnip, White Dead-Nettle & Joe Pye Weed.
We wanted to see the Pipsissewa and the forest they were
in. It is a beautiful forest. 4.8 mi on the Bally Creek Road. from
County Road #48. We found blooming, the orchid - Dwarf
Rattlesnake-Plantain which was one of the reasons we went there. The
Pipsissewa were at their peak, but we couldn't find any Indian Pipes (View
photos of Indian Pipes on the
BWCA Discussion Board.).
What an exciting Wednesday experience!!
Previously I went with my grandson back to Limbo Beach
Bog. Many of the flowers we saw before were gone but the Pitcher-plants,
Sundew and Cotton Grass were still doing their thing.
Many of the flowers listed below are seen on Highway #61 when on our
(almost daily) three mile walk in our beautiful county.
What we saw this week:
Common - Agrimonia gryposepala
Hoary - Berteroa incana*
Arrowhead, Common - Sagittaria latifolia
ssp - one white one purple
Bedstraw, Rough - Galium asprellum
Creeping - Campanula rapunculoides
Fringed - Polygonum cilinode*
Susan - Rudbeckia serotina
Climbing False - Polygonum scandens
Bur-reeds - Sparganium
Eggs - Linaria vulgaris
or Common - Ranunculus acris
Scentless - Matricaria maritima
Hop - Trifolium agratium
Clover, Pink, White & Lavender
Rabbitsfoot - Trifolium arvense
Sweet, Yellow, White & Purple
- Melampyrum lineare*
Ox-eye - Chrysanthemum leucanthemum
Curled - Rumex crispus
Spreading - Apocynum androsaemifolium
Pearly - Anaphalis margaritacea
- Euphrasia americana
Fireweed - Epilobium
Daisy - Erigeron annus
Spurred - Halenia deflexa
Canada - Hieracium canadense*
- Prunella vulgaris
- Erigeron canadensis*
Touch-me-not - Impatiens capensis
Joe-Pye Weed, Spotted -
Spotted - Centaurea maculosa (invasive)*
Lettuce, White - Prenanthes alba*
Loosestrife, Purple - Lythrum salicaria (invasive)*
Mint, Wild - Mentha arvensis
Common - Verbascum thapsus
Wormseed - Erysimum cheiranthoides*
Nettle, White Dead - Lamium album*
Orchis, Snowy - Habenaria nivea***
Water - Sium suave ?
or Lamb's Quarters - Chenopodium album
Pineapple Weed - Matricaria matricarioides
Pink, Deptford - Dianthus deltoides
Pipsissewa - Chimaphila umbellata
Dwarf Rattlesnake - Goodyera repens***
Pyrola, Round-leaved - Pyrola rotundifolia
Johnswort, Common - Hypericum perforatum
- Pyrola elliptica*
Sorrel, Yellow Wood - Oxalis europaea
Sand - Spergularia rubra
Thistle, Bull - Cirsium vulgare
Canada - Cirsium arvense
Thistle, Field Sow - Sonchus arvensis
- Lotus corniculatus
Garden/Garden Heliotrope - Valeriana officinalis*
Crown - Coronilla varia
- Achillea millefolium
Blooming Trees and Shrubs:
Northern Bush - Diervilla lonicera
- Spiraea latifolia*
Berries we saw:
Bearberry - Arctostaphylos
Sweet - Vaccinium angustifolium
Bunchberries - Cornus canadensis*
- Vaccinium oxycoccos*
Chokecherry - Prunus virginiana*
Red Osier - Cornus stolonifera
Red-berried - Sambucus pubens
Raspberry - Rubus
Sarsaparilla, Wild - Aralia nudicaulis
Common - Fragaria virginiana
- Rubus parviflorus
*New this week
ssp - subspecies
Books used most often:
Newcomb's "Wildflower Guide"
The Peterson Field Guide Series "A Field Guide to Wildflowers"
George W.D. Symonds "The Shrub Identification Book"
Clayton & Michele Oslund "What's Doin" the Bloomin'?"