Photos: Spring wildflowers in Minnesota


A bloodroot flower is in full bloom on April 29, 2019
1 A bloodroot flower is in full bloom on April 29, 2019, at Central/Moir Park in Bloomington, Minn. Bloodroot - named for the red liquid that appears when its roots or stems are broken - is among the earliest flowers to bloom in Minnesota forests each spring. 
A rare dwarf trout lily is seen as it just starts to bloom
2 A rare dwarf trout lily is seen as it just starts to bloom on May 6, 2019, in Nerstrand Big Woods State Park in southern Minnesota. The dwarf trout lily is on the state and federal endangered species lists, and grows in only a handful of locations in the state. 
Pasque flowers are seen in bloom on April 29, 2019
3 Pasque flowers are seen in bloom on April 29, 2019, at Central/Moir Park in Bloomington, Minn. Pasque flowers are among the first Minnesota wildflowers to bloom each spring. 
A wild ginger plant blooms among the leaves on the forest floor
4 A wild ginger plant blooms among the leaves on the forest floor on April 29, 2019, at Central/Moir Park in Bloomington, Minn. 
A jack-in-the-pulpit flower is seen on May 6, 2019
5 A jack-in-the-pulpit flower is seen on May 6, 2019 at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park near Nerstrand in southern Minnesota. 
Marsh marigold flowers bloom along a small stream
6 Marsh marigold flowers bloom along a small stream at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park in Rice County, Minn., on May 6, 2019. Marsh marigold flowers are a common site along creeks and rivers across Minnesota each spring. 
A nodding trillium is seen in bloom on May 7, 2019
7 A nodding trillium is seen in bloom on May 7, 2019, at Central/Moir Park in Bloomington, Minn. 
Violets are seen in bloom along a trail at Central/Moir Park
8 Violets are seen in bloom along a trail at Central/Moir Park in Bloomington, Minn., on May 7, 2019. Violets are a common spring wildflower across Minnesota, with many different varieties - some with yellow or white flowers. 
Prairie smoke flowers are seen in bloom
9 Prairie smoke flowers are seen in bloom on May 7, 2019, at Central/Moir Park in Bloomington, Minn. 
Dutchman's breeches flowers are seen in bloom
10 Dutchman's breeches flowers are seen in bloom on May 1, 2019 at Miesville Ravine Park Reserve east of Cannon Falls, Minn. 
A bellwort flower is seen on April 29, 2019
11 A bellwort flower is seen on April 29, 2019, at Central/Moir Park in Bloomington, Minn. 
A trout lily is seen in bloom on May 6, 2019
12 A trout lily - a "normal" trout lily, not the much-rarer dwarf variety - is seen in bloom on May 6, 2019, in Nerstrand Big Woods State Park in southern Minnesota. 
Virginia spring beauty flowers are seen in bloom
13 Virginia spring beauty flowers are seen in bloom in the sunshine on May 6, 2019, at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park near Nerstrand, Minn. 
Mayapple plants are seen in the forest at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
14 Mayapple plants are seen in the forest at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park in southern Minnesota on May 6, 2019. Later in the season, some of the plants will produce white flowers underneath their "umbrellas." 
A mostly-open hepatica flower is seen on May 6, 2019
15 A mostly-open hepatica flower is seen on May 6, 2019, at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park in southern Minnesota. Hepatica is one of the first wildflowers to bloom in Minnesota after the snow melts each spring. 
Invasive Garlic mustard is seen in bloom along a creek
16 Garlic mustard is seen in bloom along a creek in Central/Moir Park in Bloomington, Minn., on May 7, 2019. Garlic mustard is an invasive plant and a threat to native wildflowers in Minnesota; it grows and spreads so fast that it can crowd out native plants in the state's forests.