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Spring Woodland Wildflowers

Updated on September 22, 2014

Beauty in the Woods in New England

You will find many beautiful surprises in the wooded areas of New England in the Spring. Keep your eyes on the ground and watch for the delicate flowers that pop up from the forest floor. Their time is fleeting, so once Spring has come, don't hesitate to explore.

Here are some lovely White Triliums. I grew up in Michigan and in the Spring, when you find the right spot, vast communities of these White Triliums will carpet the ground under the trees. Love them! Don't pick them, however, as the whole plant will then die. Enjoy them as they grow in their natural habitat.

On this page, I have captured some of the Spring wildflowers of New England for you. Enjoy!

Purple Trillium

Here is a Purple Trillium. Most of the Trilium you will see in New England are this color or a variation of it. These grow in the woods behind my house. I am so lucky to be able to watch them each day as they push their buds up through the blanket of leaves and unfurl their three lovely petals and three perfectly shaped leaves.

Plant Some Trillium in Your Own Garden

A Group of Trillium Just About to Bloom

Bi-color Violets

We live in an old farmhouse in New Hampshire. I don't know if these were originally native to the area, but they certainly pop up everywhere in the Spring. It's such a welcome sight and they spread so easily, coming up in the woods and spreading out into the lawn. They look so happy.

Purple Violets

And, they come in many colors.

White Violet

The white ones seem to be the most sensitive. They don't spread around as much as the other colors, so I treasure them a bit more. Aren't they sweet?

The Scent of Violets

One of my very best friends loved the scent of violets and wore it every day--just the pure essence of violet. She died a few years ago and it was a major loss and turning point for me, but every time I smell violet, I am right back in her house and gardens visiting in my mind. I don't know which brand she used or which is the best, but here are a few selections in a wide range of prices. It's a lovely scent, but, according to my friend, a good, pure violet scent is hard to find.


These are one of my favorite. Our woods is full of Jack-in-the-Pulpit and they do seem to spread themselves about. Don't they look like something quite exotic?


Now, can you tell how they got their name?

A Group of Jack-in-the-Pulpit

I thought you might enjoy seeing a family of Jack-in-the-Pulpit. Look at their lovely stripped hoods.

Just How Well Do Jack-in-the-Pulpit Spread?

Well, they are quite hardy and spread easily, at least at our house. Here is one from the woods that made it up to the foundation of the house and came up through the gravel path. Good thing I like them.

Fern Shoot - April 31, 2012


I used to play with these when I was little, pretending they were umbrellas. A bud forms just under the umbrella-like leaves and blossoms into a hidden yellow or white flower.

Wild Strawberries

The resulting berries are so small and the chipmunks snatch them up before I can get to them, but the flowers put on a nice show of their own.

Wild Ginger

I acquired this Wild Ginger plant from our local Herb Society in Chester, New Hampshire. Every year they have a sale where members separate plants they have growing in their gardens and offer them to others. I have found some unusual things through them.

Wild Ginger Flower - April 31, 2012

Sweet Woodruff

Another great acquisition from the Chester Herb Society.

Mystery Flowers

These purple spiked flowers come up every Spring all over my lawn, along with another tiny white flower which I am also posting. Do you know what they are? It is not lavender.

The Other Mystery Flowers

Here are the other tiny flowers which bloom in my lawn every year. Can anyone identify them? Aren't they pretty?

Preserving Native Plants - A Great New England Asset: New England Wildflower Society

One of the first things I discovered upon moving to New Hampshire was The Garden in the Woods in Framingham, Massachusetts. A part of the New England Wildflower Society, Garden in the Woods is not only a beautiful collection of natural woodland, wetland and field gardens, but, also offers native plants for sale, books and workshops. It is a perfect place to visit if you are interested in native flowers and plantings. It is a non-profit, membership based organization.

Grow Your Own - Toss Some Wildflower Seed Around

What Else Comes Up From the Ground in the Spring in New England? - Antique Bottles From Old Dumping Spots

100 years ago there were no town dumps and households would toss away their used bottles and other paraphernalia out in the woods in a designated spot. They planted something to hide the dump, piled it with rocks or just left it as it was. Now, after winter has passed and the ground warms up, old bottles and a few other items will have pushed their way toward the top. You can actually go hunting for treasures in these dumps. We have a spot in the woods behind our house where those who lived here and farmed the property years ago have left behind remnants of their lives. Every year I go out and poke around. Here are some photos for you.

Many are broken, but I have found some very interesting ones intact. These dumps are so deep that they are very difficult to clean up, so we gave up and just are careful to not let any dogs wander into that area.

Nature Takes Over One of the Old Jars

A Patch of Bottles

Do You Notice the Wildflowers?

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      beautiful lens which deserves some blessings. congratulations for winning the purple star.

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      craftycrow 6 years ago

      Yes, I have some violets growing in my yard right now. How sweet they are. Beautiful lens.

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      fullofshoes 6 years ago

      beautiful!! I am from New England and recognize most of these beautiful wildflowers. Wonderful lens.

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      InfernalCombust 6 years ago

      The first mystery flowers might be henbit. Hard to tell the scale from the picture, but if they are small, with square stems, that's what it might be. The little white ones are called bluets.

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      susansweaters 6 years ago

      Yes, I love them

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      Elyn MacInnis 6 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I love the smell of violets - maybe I will get some violet perfume... how lovely!

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      I have always wished that trillium would sprout in my garden. The white mystery flowers look similar to the wild onion that comes up in my yard, but you would probably know it if those were wild onions.

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      KateW39 6 years ago

      The photos are beautiful.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel!

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      cmadden 6 years ago

      Such gorgeous flowers. Thanks?

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      This is a great lens you have here, lots of beautiful Wildflowers.

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      This is a great lens you have here, lots of beautiful Wildflowers.

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      writergrey 6 years ago

      Thanks for reminding me of trillium!

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      getmoreinfo 6 years ago

      We have wildflowers in our backyard too, and this gives me an idea to take pictures of them, they look like these tiny pretty yellow tulips.

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      faye durham 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens and photos. My favorite is the violet.

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      Ilona E 6 years ago from Ohio

      I'm glad you were featured with a purple star- your lens certainly deserves it :)

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Most definitely. But here in Australia our wildflowers are quite different.

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I like Jack-in-the-Pulpit... and I used to have strawberry in my garden. Really great lens

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      DebMartin 6 years ago

      Makes me want to go morel mushrooming. Thanks, d

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Terrific lens with great photography.

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      KateHonebrink 6 years ago

      A little soil, a little water, a little warmth from the sun, and a flower doesn't care where it is, just that it is! Great lens!

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      Deadicated LM 6 years ago

      I live in the Bronx; you'd be surprised where flowers sometimes pop-up, many empty lots grow wildflowers (in part do to Gorilla Gardeners using Seed Bombs).

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      flicker lm 6 years ago

      Very nice article! I live in New England, also, and enjoy seeing many of these spring flowers. I think your second "mystery flowers" are Bluets.

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      ismeedee 6 years ago

      I've enjoyed this lens very much... having grown up in Mass on the borders of Vermont and New Hampshire I definitely appreciate a re-visiting of Spring wildflowers!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is a lovely lens! I really like the violets. I miss seeing them in the spring. The bottles are a treasure! I hope you rescue them and save a few good ones!

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      Susan spencer 6 years ago from Texas

      Really enjoyed reading your lens. Wonderful pictures. You have inspired me to rediscover some of the wild flowers in my own home state of Mississippi.

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I'm a native Yankee and lived much of my life in southern NH. I've always love walking in the woods in the spring to find and photograph native wildflowers and wildlife. You've been blessed with some wonderful patches of flowers and an interesting household bottle dump! My last NH home had a couple of rusty old early 20th century cars that Mother Nature was deconstructing nicely. Love your photos!

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      wahrsein 6 years ago

      Very nice lens!

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      Ribolov LM 6 years ago

      Nice lens, beautiful pictures! Thnx for all!

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      greenlungsofpoland 6 years ago

      Nice lens beautiful lies in the eyes of the beholder and you have taken some wonderful photos!

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      curious0927 6 years ago

      Just beautiful! Nicely presented. Congrat's for making the Front Page! Blessed!

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      They are so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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      gnomee 6 years ago

      Not yet, must go on some walk in the upcoming weekend :)

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      Pastor Cher 6 years ago from United States

      Lovely lens. We have wild strawberries, but they don't taste good. Oh well.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh, yes! Although there are not as many in New England as where my family is originally from (PA and OH). Thanks for a lovely lens! We live in Keene, NH now, although at the moment we're in Brazil and writing about that on Squidoo!

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      TheHarmonyProject 6 years ago

      Gorgeous page. I am in the process of planting more wildflowers at home here in England, to try and help as many of our native species prosper as possible.

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      RazzbarryBreeze 6 years ago

      I like wildflowers... Great lens and wonderful pictures too.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Yes I do. Lovely pictures by the way.

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      cajkovska lm 6 years ago

      Yes, it's so beautiful to see first signs of life in nature.

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      SteveKaye 6 years ago

      Yes, I take photos of flowers, birds, and other beautiful things in nature. Thank you for making this lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      These are just beautiful spring flowers.

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      MerrimackValleyRealEstate 6 years ago

      Spring is coming soon in New England@@

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      Anahid LM 6 years ago

      Hi I love trillium though you said don't pick them but I do I love them and love the scent. They grow in the woods of Pacific North west. Thank you beautiful. Anna

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      My sweet mama taught me a love of the hidden treasures in the woods, and she was especially fond of the woods trillium. Lovely page. Congrats on front-page placement. Well-deserved.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Very nice!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful wildflower photos!

      Jannifer Powelson, Author/Photographer of "Rachel and Sammy Visit the Forest - A Guide to Spring Woodland Wildflowers"

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wonderful lens thanks for sharing

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      fullofshoes 6 years ago

      wonderful, wonderful. I am from NE so I appreciate this tremendously!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Enjoyed your photos of life and the beauty that is in nature ... *blessed*

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      GaelicForge 6 years ago

      Wildflowers are a real treasure! Here in central California, they are fleeting indeed! After spring, we get a nuclear blast of heat fro the rest of the summer and growing a New England type garden is almost impossible.

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      HolidayMalta 6 years ago

      Very pretty flowers!

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      MelonyVaughan 6 years ago

      Thanks to your lens, I can smell spring... Thanks for sharing the beauty of the woodlands!

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      Ilona E 6 years ago from Ohio

      I love woodland wildflowers! This was a beautiful showcase.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Looking for wildflowers and taking photos of them is one of my favorite things to do. Beautiful images, great lens! :)


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