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Bloodroot

Bloodroot’s pure white petals are even more remarkable given the plant’s bright red sap. This feature, plus the unique leaf shape, make this early spring wildflower easy to identify.

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Bloodroot (Flower)

Bloodroot blooms March–April. The flowers open before or just as the leaves start to unfurl. The flowers have 8–16 white petals of uneven size and length, and many yellow stamens. The flower is about 1¼ inch across. Because the petals are of uneven length, one often finds “square” flowers. Each flower lasts only one or two days.

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Blue Cardinal Flower (Great Lobelia; Blue Lobelia)

A showy, late-blooming native wildflower that grows along streams, ditches, sloughs, and other wet places, blue lobelia has blue or purple tubular flowers with 2 upper lips and 3 lower lips.

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Blue Cardinal Flower (Great Lobelia; Blue Lobelia) (Closeup)

The blossoms of blue cardinal flower have the typical lobelia shape, with a 2-parted upper lip and 3-divided lower lip. They can be 1 inch long, and the color is light or dark violet, light or dark blue, or lavender; rarely they are white.

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Blue False Indigo

Blue false indigo is a native bushy perennial with three-parted compound leaves and showy, upright stalks of blue pea-flowers. The seedpods are inflated and turn black upon maturity, and the seeds rattle around in the dry pods.

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Blue False Indigo (Flower)

The flowers of blue false indigo are showy, blue to violet, and have the typical pea-family configuration. They are arranged on upright racemes that can be 12 inches long. This species blooms May-June.

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Blue Phlox (Wild Sweet William)

A common, eye-catching native spring wildflower, blue phlox, or wild sweet William, is found in forests nearly statewide.

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Blue Vervain

Blue vervain is a tall, slender, erect perennial with branching stems and rough hairs. Flowers in many terminal spikes, deep purple, violet, light lavender, or rarely white. The flowers are tubular, 5-lobed, opening from the base of the spikes upward.

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