Kalamazoo Wildflowers

Wildflowers bloom in mid-April in Southwestern Michigan, so take a break from filing your taxes and head to the woods.  Good locations include: the Kalamazoo Nature Center , Markin Glen County Park , and Dowagiac Woods .  These beech-maple forests are rich in Spring ephemerals.

Early Spring flowers include Hepaticahepatica (look for it around April 15)

Followed by Dutchman's Breeches, Trout Lily, Spring Beauty (roughly the third week in April)
then come Marsh Marigold and Trillium (around May 1)
followed closely by Mayapple and  Dogwood.

Ladyslipper orchids bloom later (end of May) and, typically, in much wetter environments.

June brings Blue Flag (wild iris) and water lilies.

In late summer, prairie flowers bloom. Typical blooms in mid-July: Compass Plant, Bergamot, Black-eyed Susan, Purple Coneflower, Butterfly Milkweed.

Fringed Orchids bloom in late July.

August flowers include: Cardinal Flower, Woodland Sunflower, Goldenrod, and New England Aster.

Wildflower links

Michigan Wildflowers

Wildflower Association of Michigan

Wildflower Forums

The Virtual Herbarium

Michigan Nature Association

Michigan Botanical Club

Wildflower gardening

Establishing and Maintaining a Prairie Garden (from U of Minnesota's Extension Service)

Wild Ones

Planting Native Wildflowers from Michigan's DNR

Sources for seeds and plants

Kalamazoo Nature Center holds a Native Plant Sale each Spring and Fall.

Prairie Nursery

Grand Prairie Friends has a list of nurseries selling prairie plants and seeds.

Prairie Frontier

Great Lakes Nursery

Musser Forests

Other gardening Websites
Renegade Gardener : advice for the Northern Midwest

Kalamazoo Information | Outside Kalamazoo | Kalamazoo for Kids | Frank Lloyd Wright in Kalamazoo
December 10, 2002
Chuck Stull