In search of flowers in the Northeast

July 4, 2018

Colebrook, CT

A walk in the backyard:

False goat’s beard

Closeup of false goat’s beard reveals each flower has five delicate, paddle-shaped petals, five pink sepals, ten stamens, and a pistil with two pink-tipped styles

Meadow goat’s beard

Timothy grass in bloom


Common vetch

Common cinquefoil

Zucchini, get up early to see the flowers opened!

Yellow squash



White creeping thyme closeup, you can see the slightly irregularly-shaped flowers, characteristic of the mint family


Wild geranium

Evening primrose

Lady’s mantle

Lady’s mantle closeup. Although in the rose family, these tiny flowers have four identical petals and sepals, called tepals.

Scientific names and families:

False goat’s beard/Astilbe sp. – Saxifrage Family: Saxifragaceae

Meadow goat’s beard/Tragopogon pratensis L. – Aster Family: Asteraceae

Timothy grass/Phleum pratenseGrass Family: Poaceae

Bedstraw/Galium apareneMadder Family: Rubiaceae

Common vetch/Vicia sativaPea Family: Fabaceae

Common cinquefoil/Pontentilla simplexRose Family: Rosaceae

Zuccnini/Cucurbita pepo subsp. – Gourd Family: Cucurbitaceae

Yellow squash/Cucurbita pepo subsp. – Gourd Family: Cucurbitaceae

Clematis/Clematis jackmaniiButtercup Family: Ranunculaceae

Rhododendron/Rhodendron sp. – Heath Family: Ericaceae

White creeping thyme/Thymus praecox ‘Albiflorus’ – Mint Family: Lamiaceae

Hostas/Hosta sp. – Aspargus Family: Asparagaceae

Wild geranium/Geranium maculatumGeranium Family: Geraniaceae

Evening primrose/Oenothera biennisEvening Primrose Family: Onagraceae

Lady’s mantle/Alchemilla mollis – Rose Family: Rosaceae

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *