Mountain laurel in bloom

Mountain laurel in bloom
Mountain laurel is in bloom at West Rock, as seen on the Gold Trail.

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Wildflowers at West Rock

Wood anemone, April 2012

As you hike and bicycle at West Rock from spring to fall, there are numerous opportunities to observe wildflowers in bloom. By park regulations and common sense, enjoy flowers with your eyes and camera only. Don't pick them; leave them for others to enjoy and to reseed themselves to allow for additional flowers in the following year.
These are flowers I have photographed at West Rock. I identified them (as best I could) using the website of the Connecticut Botanical Society: https://www.ct-botanical-society.org/Plants. If the website asks you to sign in, simply click on "Flowers by Color" on the left side. I have found a few flowers at the park not listed on this website, possibly because they are not native flowers, or not wildflowers.
They are presented in order by the month of the year in which they were taken.

Common blue violet, April 2012
Trout Lily, Red-White Trail, April 2015
Wood anemone, April 2012

Yellow Stargrass, Blue Trail, May 2014
Rue anemone, Red-White Trail, May 2015
Birdfoot Violet, Blue Trail, May 2014


Wood anemone, Red-White Trail, May 2015
Common St. John's Wort, June 2014
Common Yarrow, June 2014
Yellow Hawkweed, June 2014

Wild Rose, June 2014
Smooth false foxglove, Baldwin Drive, July 2014

Toadflax, also known as butter and eggs, Gold Trail, July 2014
Yellow Aster, Blue Trail near Konolds Pond overlook, July 2014
Soapwort, or bouncing bet, Baldwin Drive, July 2014

Yellow Stargrass, Blue Trail near Konolds Pond overlook, July 2014

Milkweed, Hill St. field, July 2015
Milkweed with pods Hill St. field, July 2015

Milkweed, Hill St. field, July 2015
Milkweed with fritillary butterfly, Hill St. field, July 2015

Virginia mountain mint, Baldwin Drive, July 2014
Tansy, Baldwin Drive, August 2014
Field thistle, purple, Baldwin Drive, August 2014


Self heal, Red Trail, August 2015



White wood aster, Blue Trail, Sept. 2014
Stiff (bristly) aster, Blue Trail, Sept. 2014

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