What’s in Bloom?

Virginia bluebells in Gallistel Woods

Virginia bluebells in Gallistel Woods

This is a selective list of popular blooming plants in the native plant garden (NPG), horticultural gardens (LHG), and woodlands, prairies, savannas, and wetlands. Native plants generally bloom in the garden earlier than the same plants growing in the natural areas. Dates note beginning of bloom and are estimated and can change due to weather; dates will be updated weekly.

Native Plants

  • Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata) – April 2 (Wingra Oak Savanna)
  • Hepatica (Anemone acutiloba) – March 28 (NPG)
  • Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) – March (Skunk Cabbage Bridge)
  • Pasqueflower (Anemone patens) – April 11 (NPG)
  • Prairie-smoke (Geum triflorum) – April 11 (NPG)
  • Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) – April 16 (Gallistel and Wingra woods)
  • Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) – April 18 (NPG)
  • Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) – April 18 (NPG)
  • Virginia bluebells ( Mertensia virginica) – April 20 (Gallistel Woods)
  • Woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata) – April 24 (NPG)
  • Wild geranium (Geranium maculate) – April 27 (NPG)
  • Trillium (Trillium spp.) – April 27 (NPG)
  • Shooting star (Dodecatheon media) – May 5 (Curtis Prairie)
  • Wild lupine (Lupinus perennis) – May 5 (NPG)

Not yet bloomed

  • Indigos (Baptisia spp.) – May–October
  • Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) – late May–early August
  • Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) – June–August
  • Purple coneflowers (Echinacea spp.) – June–September
  • Prairie-clover (Dalea spp.) – July–August
  • Blazing-stars (Liatris spp.) – July–September
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus spp.) – July–October
  • Gentians (Gentiana spp.) – August–October
  • Asters (Symphyotrichum spp.) – August–October

Longenecker Horticultural Gardens

  • Magnolias (Magnolia spp.) – April 14 – earlier blooming species are dropping blossoms; later blooming species are in full bloom
  • Rhododendrons and azaleas (Rhododendron spp.) – April 15
  • Cherries (Prunus spp.) – April 16
  • Lilacs (Syringa spp.) – April 22
  • Crabapples (Malus spp.) – April 25
  • Horse chestnut/Buckeyes (Aesculus spp.) – May 17

Not yet bloomed

  • Roses (Rosa spp.) – late spring
  • Catalpa (Catalpa spp.) – late spring
  • Hydrangeas (Smooth, H. arborescens; Panicle, H.  paniculata) – summer
  • American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) – early summer
FacebooktwittermailFacebooktwittermail