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Wildflowers

This is the time of year to see spring ephemeral wildflowers. A variety of common species will be in flower in April and May, such as Caltha palustris (marsh marigold) which can be seen in abundance at the entrance to Philbrick-Cricenti Bog in New London. Several of the state-rare species that the NH Natural Heritage Bureau tracks are spring ephemerals, such as Ranunculus fascicularis (early buttercup). A less common species is Cypripedium acaule (pink lady's slipper) - this orchid is not rare, but several varieties of yellow lady's slippers are. Cornus canadensis (bunchberry) is an example of a very common woodland species that flowers this time of year. All three are pictured here.

Ranunculus fascicularis (early buttercup) (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Cypripedium acaule (pink lady's slipper) (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Cornus canadensis (bunchberry) (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Small whorled pogonia (Isotria medeoloides) in bloom in mid-June (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

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