10 (more) Favourite Wildflowers

Very excited to be back and writing about more wildflowers.  It's been a long summer and I wasn't able to do as much here as I'd hope but still want to add a couple of warm weather posts!  Still lots of time to get out and enjoy!

As mentioned in my first list of ten wildflowers this spring, I tried to make a list of just ten and it just kept going on, so I realized that the best option was to make two lists - one for spring and early summer and the other for later in the season and autumn.  What's great is I've already provided a highlight of local autumn flowers so I don't have to necessarily revisit these ones, but I still want to give some a bit of shout out!  So here's ten more great wildflowers:

Wild Here Urban Wildflowers Primrose Goldfinch

Evening Primrose (native) - This is a bit of a unique infloresence and it's an interesting natural phenomenon that these flowers open later in the day (hence the "evening").  I have a soft spot for this one also because it's a favourite of finches.   It blooms for longer periods as not all of the flower heads mature at the same time.  Check it out on your end of day strolls!

Wild Here Ottawa Vervain Wildflower Nutlets

Blue Vervain (native) - Someone once talked about this one as an important flower that supports a high level of biodiversity.  Since then, it's been on my plant radar.  It's a bit of a shy plant that pops up in August with its small blue spikes which transform into nutlets after the flower peters out and become food for songbirds such as sparrows*.

Wild Here Teasel like Cup Flower

Teasel (naturalized) How do I explain my amazement at Teasel?  Encountering a plant that is looms overhead deserves a bit of respect to say the least.  And those seedheads *BOOM* - I cannot say enough - and they make great dried flower arrangements.  Notice the leaves (which are similar to  Cup Flower's leaves) - this shape of the two leaves coming together at the stem helps collect small pools of water - which benefits thirsty wildlife!

- Past Bloom (need to take a picture while in bloom!) - Photo by Viliam Glazduri -

Canada Thistle (naturalize) Goldfinches... need I say more!  :  ) The reason I'm listing this in later summer, even though it starts blooming earlier, is that I seek out thistle patches once they have turned to seed to enjoy the antics of the "thistle fluff"-loving birds.  Bring your binoculars for this show.

Wild Here Urban Wildflowers Groundnut 2017

Groundnut (native) I just can't.  Even.  The first time I saw this in bloom I thought I was in a tropical paradise.  As a vine, it coyly winds up the stems and branches of other plants but when the flower opens up, what a show!  It's not aggressive so don't worry about it's "dance" partner just enjoy the lovely orangey-pink blooms.

Jewelweed Wildflower Hummingbirds Wild Here

Jewelweed (native) - As I mentioned in a previous post, if you find yourself a decent patch just hang out and wait until some hummingbirds appear.  This lovely late summer flower, that blooms for up to two months, shows up in small masses but it's tricky as it reseeds itself (it is an annual) so you may not find it exactly in the same spot the following year and some years may have larger stands than others.

Urban wetland Wild Here Wildflower Boneset

Boneset (native) - I "met" this plant while taking a wetlands course and I knew it would be a fast friend as this lovely plant would always pop out to greet me with its familiar leaves (that attach flat across the stem and almost seem like one double sided leaf rather than two leaves) - an easy one to recognize once you know what the leaves look like, especially when it blooms late in the summer.

- Aptly named "Turtlehead" wildflower -


- Blurry (sorry!) photo of Bottled Gentian (this is the flower in bloom - its petals never open) -

Turtlehead + Bottled Gentian (both native) - It was too hard to choose between Turtlehead and Bottled Gentian so here they are together on the list.  They both have such a unique look and I feel like they grace me with their presence when I "stumble" upon them.   I think that mentioning them together works because they both reach their blossoming peak around the same period, and many occasions I see them together hanging out anyway.  It's a party at this time of the year for these two!

- New England Aster -

Asters (native) Plural.  There are so many.  They are such a delight.  They are a very important late season flower for pollinators.  And they start their colourful performance in August depending on how much sunning they've been doing over the warm season.  The blues of the New England Aster, the small dazzle of Pannicle Aster, the Flat-Top variety, everything is great when it's coming up Asters!

Wildflowers London Ontario Wild Here

Snake Root (native) - How to explain my interest in this plant... it's unassuming, it's white flower doesn't stand out too much, it's a little like a simpler version of Boneset (without the cool leaves).  Maybe it's the unusual "bad-ass" name or the fact that it's white flowers look like little starbursts... there's just something about this plant that turns my head!

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So that's it.  That's another TEN plants and of course it just scratches the surface.  I've really started noticing tree blooms this year and I'm starting to look at smaller plants that get passed over so easily.  It'll be so incredibly fun to see how this list evolves over the years as new plants catch my eye and I start recognizing them more and more!

List of original 10 (plus) Favourite Wildflowers  post (May 2017)


* from Illinois Wildflower website - this website is my "go to" place for all information on "Faunal Associations" for plants.  A.K.A. - what wildlife finds specific plants valuable for food, shelter, etc.



- A dense stand of Panicle Aster - 

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