I spent a good part of the day at Battle Creek Regional Park, partly on a field trip organized with the Native Plant Society. We recorded about 75 plant species for the Ramsey County Plant Survey.
The timing of the trip was perfect – kittentails look to be at peak now. Also blooming somewhere in the park are large-flowered bellwort, hoary puccoon, jack-in-the-pulpit, pussytoes, rock cress, rue anemone, wood anemone, blue and downy yellow violets, wild plum and gooseberries. Just starting to bloom are columbine, wild sarsaparilla, wild blue phlox, and starry false solomon’s seal. Bloodroot and skunk cabbage are done for this season.
The garlic mustard is coming up in force, too.