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The Wildflowers of Beaver Lake

Below is a list of the wildflowers you will encounter on your walk through the woods around Beaver Lake:

Bloodroot: This fragile flower rises from the center of its curled leaf. It opens in full sun light and closes at night. The name of the plant comes from the red juice in the underground stem.

Buttercup: This flower was named for the waxy, shiny, buttery-yellow appereance of its five petals.

Columbine: Hummingbirds like this red and yellow flower because the five petals taper off into long, slender, spurs that contain nectar.

Common Blue Violet: Each plant has a large, purple flower composed of five petals and heartshaped leaves.

Fire Pink: These bright red flowers are sometimes called a catchfly because the stem below each pair of leaves is sticky and tends to catch insects.

Spiderwort: This violet-blue flower is named for its leaf arrangement which suggests a squatting spider.

Trillium: The "tri" is Latin for three, meaning leaves and petals are in groups of three. Its common name is Toad Shade.

May Apple: Stalks push through the soil and unfold umbrella-like leaves. Later, under the leaves, one flower will appear. A yellowish fruit called a May Apple will follow.

Wild Blue Flox: Often called "Wild Sweet William" in this area, its bright purple flower clusters make it stand out.