Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wildflowers on the C&O canal

Wildflowers from 2 Green Acres, a garden blog Mystery flower on the C&O canal

This past weekend, I went for a long walk on the C&O canal, near Sharpsburg, Maryland. I was amazed at the wildflowers I saw - at least one of which I could not identify.

I saw Mayapples, Solomon's Seal, False Solomon's Seal, Virginia Blue Bells, Squirrel Corn, and a wide variety of violets - purple, blue, white, and yellow.
I have never seen so many wildflowers at one location. I think part of it was luck - it was a good time of year to see wildflowers. Part of it was knowledge - a year ago, I am not sure I would have known what some of these were. And would not have known to look for Solomon's Seal. And I think part of it is the area - the park has a huge variety of native plants, and I was able to see a good variety of them.

Below are some pictures from my walk. Can anyone tell me what the white flowers are in the picture at the top of the post? I saw them everywhere on this trip - in fields, in people's yards, etc. I live about 90 minutes away from here, and have never seen these flowers. Any ideas?

wilflowers from 2 Green Acres a mid-atlantic garden blog

Squirrel corn

2Green Acres Wildflower

Virginia Bluebells

More wildflowers from 2 Green Acres, a Maryland Garden BlogFalse Solomon's Seal

Wildflowers from 2 Green Acres a mid-Atlantic garden blog

More violets


  1. Not entirely sure without a close-up, but there is a high likelyhood you are seeing Star of Bethlehem. It's an exotic. The grass like leaves are fleshy and have a grey/white strip down the middle.

  2. Hmmm...I was afraid it might be an invasive. The leaves are grass like, not sure about the stripe. I will try to see if I have another picture where I can get a better look. Thanks!

  3. This makes me want to take a hike this weekend, I love wildflowers and we have so many wonderful public trails and parks here in DC Metro area. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Yes - it is a great time of year to get out and hike. Of course, it is also a great time of year to work in the garden!