2014 Spring Wildflowers Scavenger Hunt

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The contest has ended. Congrats to Mark Kluge for finding the most spring wildflower species – 75!

How to join in the fun: Simply add your wildflower observations with a photo using the iNaturalist.org website or iPhone/Android app and it’ll show up on this leaderboard if it meets the rules below. The person with the most species observed wins a flat of native plants! If two people end with the same number of species, you will rejoice in your shared victory (and split the flat or we’ll figure something out)!

Botany newbie and/or dumbphone user? No worries! We will help identify any plants you see, and you can upload photos through the website without need for a smartphone. Just snap a photo and upload it to iNaturalist.org and identify as best as you can, even if that’s just “violet” or “plant.” Here is a helpful guide with photos and descriptions of all the species on the list (and potential sighting locations ;).

Help others get to research grade by confirming their observations!


  • 1. Species must be on the List of Spring Wildflowers in the Chicago Wilderness Region (download CSV)1
  • 2. Observation must be in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, or Michigan
  • 3. Must be observed between the dates of April 3rd, 2014 and May 31st, 2014
  • 4. Observation must be research grade. That means it must be “wild” and that you need a photo, date, species identification, location, and for someone else to confirm your observation!

Family Scientific Name Common Name
Ranunculaceae Actaea pachypoda white baneberry
Ranunculaceae Actaea rubra red baneberry
Primulaceae Androsace occidentalis western rock-jasmine
Ranunculaceae Anemone acutiloba sharp-lobed hepatica
Ranunculaceae Anemone caroliniana Carolina thimbleweed
Ranunculaceae Anemone multifida Pacific anemone
Ranunculaceae Anemone patens pasqueflower
Ranunculaceae Anemone quinquefolia wood anemone
Asteraceae Antennaria neglecta field pussytoes
Ranunculaceae Aquilegia canadensis wild columbine
Brassicaceae Arabidopsis lyrata lyre-leaved rock cress
Araceae Arisaema dracontium dragon arum
Araceae Arisaema triphyllum Jack-in-the-pulpit
Aristolochiaceae Asarum canadense Canadian wild ginger
Fabaceae Baptisia bracteata plains indigo
Scrophulariaceae Besseya bullii kitten tails
Brassicaceae Boechera laevigata smooth rock cress
Araceae Calla palustris bog arum
Ranunculaceae Caltha palustris marsh-marigold
Agavaceae Camassia scilloides atlantic camas
Brassicaceae Cardamine bulbosa spring cress
Brassicaceae Cardamine concatenata cutleaf toothwort
Brassicaceae Cardamine diphylla broadleaf toothwort
Brassicaceae Cardamine douglassii purple cress
Brassicaceae Cardamine pensylvanica Pennsylvania bittercress
Brassicaceae Cardamine pratensis cuckooflower
Berberidaceae Caulophyllum thalictroides blue cohosh
Ericaceae Chamaedaphne calyculata leatherleaf
Saxifragaceae Chrysosplenium americanum American golden saxifrage
Montiaceae Claytonia virginica spring beauty
Lamiaceae Clinopodium arkansanum limestone calamint
Plantaginaceae Collinsia verna spring blue-eyed Mary
Comandraceae Comandra umbellata bastard toadflax
Orobanchaceae Conopholis americana American cancer-root
Ranunculaceae Coptis trifolia threeleaf goldthread
Papaveraceae Corydalis aurea golden corydalis
Papaveraceae Corydalis micrantha slender corydalis
Orchidaceae Cypripedium acaule pink lady’s slipper
Orchidaceae Cypripedium candidum small white lady’s-slipper
Ranunculaceae Delphinium tricorne dwarf larkspur
Papaveraceae Dicentra canadensis squirrel corn
Papaveraceae Dicentra cucullaria Dutchman’s breeches
Primulaceae Dodecatheon meadia eastern shooting-star
Brassicaceae Draba reptans Carolina draba
Ranunculaceae Enemion biternatum false rue anemone
Ericaceae Epigaea repens trailing arbutus
Apiaceae Erigenia bulbosa harbinger of spring
Liliaceae Erythronium albidum small white fawnlily
Liliaceae Erythronium americanum trout lily
Limnanthaceae Floerkea proserpinacoides false mermaid
Rosaceae Fragaria virginiana mountain strawberry
Rubiaceae Galium aparine cleavers
Ericaceae Gaultheria hispidula creeping snowberry
Geraniaceae Geranium maculatum spotted geranium
Rosaceae Geum triflorum prairie smoke
Rosaceae Geum vernum spring avens
Saxifragaceae Heuchera richardsonii prairie alumroot
Violaceae Hybanthus concolor eastern greenviolet
Ranunculaceae Hydrastis canadensis goldenseal
Boraginaceae Hydrophyllum macrophyllum largeleaf waterleaf
Boraginaceae Hydrophyllum virginianum Virginia waterleaf
Hypoxidaceae Hypoxis hirsuta yellow star grass
Berberidaceae Jeffersonia diphylla twinleaf
Boraginaceae Lithospermum canescens hoary puccoon
Boraginaceae Lithospermum caroliniense hairy puccoon
Boraginaceae Lithospermum incisum narrowleaf puccoon
Boraginaceae Lithospermum latifolium woodland puccoon
Asparagaceae Maianthemum canadense wild lily-of-the-valley
Asparagaceae Maianthemum racemosum false solomon’s seal
Asparagaceae Maianthemum stellatum star-flowered lily-of-the-valley
Menyanthaceae Menyanthes trifoliata bog-bean
Boraginaceae Mertensia virginica virginia bluebells
Saxifragaceae Mitella diphylla twoleaf miterwort
Caryophyllaceae Moehringia lateriflora grove sandwort
Orobanchaceae Orobanche uniflora naked broomrape
Oxalidaceae Oxalis violacea violet woodsorrel
Orobanchaceae Pedicularis canadensis wood betony
Polemoniaceae Phlox bifida cleft phlox
Polemoniaceae Phlox divaricata blue phlox
Polemoniaceae Phlox pilosa prairie phlox
Plantaginaceae Plantago cordata heartleaf plantain
Berberidaceae Podophyllum peltatum mayapple
Polemoniaceae Polemonium reptans Jacob’s ladder
Polygalaceae Polygala senega Seneca snakeroot
Asparagaceae Polygonatum biflorum Solomon’s seal
Asparagaceae Polygonatum pubescens hairy Solomon’s-seal
Rosaceae Potentilla simplex common cinquefoil
Ranunculaceae Pulsatilla patens eastern pasqueflower
Ranunculaceae Ranunculus abortivus small-flowered crowfoot
Ranunculaceae Ranunculus fascicularis early buttercup
Ranunculaceae Ranunculus flabellaris yellow watercrowfoot
Ranunculaceae Ranunculus hispidus bristly buttercup
Ranunculaceae Ranunculus rhomboideus prairie crowfoot
Ranunculaceae Ranunculus sceleratus celeryleaf buttercup
Papaveraceae Sanguinaria canadensis bloodroot
Iridaceae Sisyrinchium albidum white blue-eyed grass
Iridaceae Sisyrinchium angustifolium narrow-leaved blue-eyed grass
Iridaceae Sisyrinchium atlanticum eastern blue-eyed grass
Iridaceae Sisyrinchium campestre prairie blue-eyed grass
Iridaceae Sisyrinchium montanum strict blue-eyed grass
Caryophyllaceae Stellaria pubera star chickweed
Araceae Symplocarpus foetidus eastern skunk cabbage
Apiaceae Taenidia integerrima yellow pimpernel
Asteraceae Tetraneuris herbacea lakeside daisy
Ranunculaceae Thalictrum dioicum early meadow-rue
Ranunculaceae Thalictrum thalictroides rue-anemone
Saxifragaceae Tiarella cordifolia heartleaf foamflower
Commelinaceae Tradescantia ohiensis bluejacket
Myrsinaceae Trientalis borealis starflower
Melanthiaceae Trillium flexipes nodding wakerobin
Melanthiaceae Trillium grandiflorum large white trillium
Melanthiaceae Trillium nivale snow trillium
Melanthiaceae Trillium recurvatum prairie trillium
Colchicaceae Uvularia grandiflora large-flower bellwort
Colchicaceae Uvularia sessilifolia sessile bellwort
Valerianaceae Valeriana edulis sand violet
Violaceae Viola affinis sand violet
Violaceae Viola blanda sweet white violet
Violaceae Viola canadensis canada violet
Violaceae Viola cucullata marsh blue violet
Violaceae Viola labradorica alpine violet
Violaceae Viola lanceolata white bog violet
Violaceae Viola macloskeyi small white violet
Violaceae Viola pallens smooth white violet
Violaceae Viola pedata bird’s-foot violet
Violaceae Viola pedatifida prairie violet
Violaceae Viola pubescens downy yellow violet
Violaceae Viola rostrata long-spurred violet
Violaceae Viola sagittata arrowleaf violet
Violaceae Viola sororia woolly blue violet
Violaceae Viola striata cream violet

Pizzo Native Plant NurseryThe person with the most species will get a NativeScape Combo Kit, donated by Pizzo Native Plant Nursery. The kit will contain 38 native plants of your choice (two or three species of what is available) to create a Sun, Shade, or Rain Garden.

Achievement Username
Most Species Observed See Above for a Running Tally
First to find Erigenia bulbosa, the harbinger of spring illinoisbotanizer on April 9th in Giant City State Park

Please let us (habitat2030@gmail.com) know if you have any questions, comments, or ideas!

1Contact us if you think something should be added or removed. I’ve limited it to species within the Chicago Wilderness region because this is where the vast majority of Habitat 2030 members live.