BC: The End. Reference: Sanders, J. (2003). The Secrets of Wildflowers. Guilford, CT: The Globe Pequot Press.
FC: Wildflowers by Gail | Wildflowers | by Gail
1: American Indians used the leaves of the trout lily to brew a tea that was used to relieve stomach pains, although European herbalists have used it to induce vomiting. | Trout lily is an ephemeral wildflower that blooms in the early spring before the canopies of the large trees have leafed out.
2: The violet appears abundantly in the spring in lawns, gardens, and woodlands. The leaves of this pretty blue flower are actually a very healthy food, having five times more vitamin C than an equivalent weight of oranges as well as two and a half times more vitamin A than spinach.
3: Native Americans peeled the roots and ground them into a fine powder. This powder was used to make a kind of bread. | The Jack-in-the-pulpit is found in moist, shady woods or at the woods edge.
4: The blue flag iris blooms in the late spring and early June. It can be found in shady wetlands or open meadows. | Egyptian kings used the design of the iris flower on their scepters, believing the petals symbolized faith, wisdom, and valor.
5: Monarda, commonly known as bee balm, is a member of the mint family. It's brilliant red hue which is evident in mid-summer, makes it a favorite of hummingbirds.