Category Archives: White

Arrowhead

arrowhead-wildflower

Sagittaria latifolia

Appears: Summer and fall, perennial

Native to Wisconsin

About 1-2 feet tall

Find it along riverbanks and lakes or even right in the water. We’ve seen it rising up in shallow marsh water among lily pads as well. The large arrowhead shaped leaves are easily recognized even if the flowers are yet to bloom.

Photo taken by Preamtip Satasuk on a canoe trip on the La Crosse River with a Canon PowerShot S100 12.1 MP Digital Camera
with an underwater housing (just to be safe).

White Campion

Season: Summer

Not native to Wisconsin

Find it in generally dry places, fields, roadsides and the like.

Male and female flowers are on different plants. These are harder to pick out during the day because the flower tucks into the tube at its base (which gives its other name, Bladder Campion). The flower comes out then at night to attract insects. The whole plant stands about 1-3 feet high, and the flower itself is maybe an inch across.

Indian Pipe

Appears: Summer

Native to Wisconsin

Likes dry woods in the shade

Can reach up to about 10″ and is usually found in clumps

This is a really unusual plant as it has no chlorophyll. It might be as thick as your finger like a tube and the single flower, which you have to see close up because it is also white, sort of dangles over at the top like someone nodding their head. When the plant pollinates that will straighten up. It gets its food from a fungus that lives with it which breaks down other plant matter so it can be absorbed by both.

Hedge Bindweed

Large-Flowered Trillium


Appears:

Pennycress

Wood Anemone


Appears:

Mayapple



Appears: Spring

Native to Wisconsin

The mayapple occurs in the south of Wisconsin and prefers moist woodland areas.
Look for these large leaves along the forest floor and the flowers will appear under them.

Mayapples also produce a berry that is mildly toxic. Some people eat that berry in summer, but why take a chance? Everything else about this plant is poisonous.

Shooting Star


Appears: Spring

Native to Wisconsin

Also known as Prairie Pointers, there are also purple petaled varieties. They can be found in southern Wisconsin, mostly southeastern, and grow in both shady woods or sunny prairies.

Wild Strawberry Flower


Appears: Spring

Native to Wisconsin

Found throughout Wisconsin generally along the edges of the woods though not as common as they were “back in the day”