Dear Readers, Help Me Identify These Plants

06 Apr

It only took a couple warm days to awaken the wildflowers. I’m not exactly an expert when it comes to wildflowers, which is why I am asking y’all to help me identify some flowers just-now emerging from a long winter’s nap. Here are the images:

Photo one:


Photo Number One

Next up: This one looks familiar, but . . . well, I am not sure.

Plant #2: closeup

Plant #2:


Plant #2: Closeup

Photo Three: I know this one, it's "Turkey Mustard," tastes like horseradish. Yummy.

Photo Three: I know this one, it’s “Turkey Mustard,” tastes like horseradish. Yummy.

I am confident with image number three. This little precious is a favorite: Dentaria diphylla or, Toothwort is a member of the mustard family. Mamaw Lena calls it “Turkey Mustard,” wonder why?

Photo Four: I think it’s Wintergreen. What do you think?

Photo 4: I'm pretty sure this is Chimaphila maculata: Striped Wintergreen

Photo 4: I’m pretty sure this is Chimaphila maculata: Striped Wintergreen

Photo Five: Darling friends, I haven’t a clue. It’s not a fern. What say ye?

What do my wildflower-loving friends say?

Photo Five: ??

Photo Six: I have looked at this image several times. At first blush I thought it was the same plant as featured in the first photo. Now I am not so certain. Do you know any wildflower experts? What do they think?


Photo Six:

Photo Seven: I’m pretty sure this is a Buckeye. If so, I am over the moon as Buckeyes are known to be “lucky.”  But alas, I am working on my second case of poison ivy, so this may be poison sumac. Because I wasn’t 100% certain I gave this plant a wide berth.


Photo Seven: Buckeye? I think so.

Another mystery plant.

Photo 8: ??

Photo Eight:  I was meandering along and noticed this plant. Yet another that leaves me curious.


Number Nine: Bluets, the darling of spring

Photo Nine: I will leave you with the spring beauty known as Bluets (also called innocence). What a delight to see these lovely faces. I have missed them.

Renea Winchester is the award-winning author of Farming, Friends, and Fried Bologna Sandwiches; Mountain Memories: True Stories and Half-Truths from Appalachia. A Hardscrabble Christmas. Her first book, In the Garden with Billy: Lessons About Life, Love & Tomatoes earned her a SIBA and GAYA nomination. Order signed copies or, email her through her website at She welcomes new friends on Facebook. Follow her on Twitter Here.


Posted by on April 6, 2015 in Uncategorized


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4 responses to “Dear Readers, Help Me Identify These Plants

  1. lapais

    April 6, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    They all look like weeds to me!! Wonder how many I’ve pulled in my lifetime!!

  2. Laurie

    April 7, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Aescules parviflora. Bottlebrush Buckeye indeed

  3. Angelita (Angie) Ritz

    April 7, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Hi Renea. I’m thinking #4 is pipsissewa and #5 is grape fern. Look them up and see what you think.

  4. George

    April 7, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    *** Hi … interesting plants … I’ll cherry pick one and leave the rest for others to cogitate … #5 is in fact one of the so-called “grape ferns” (Botrychium sp.) which can be tricky to i.d. down to species level … I’d guess that this one is southern grape fern (B. biternatum ) … I think I can see a long narrow fertile frond emerging on the right side of the cluster at about one o’clock … George


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