Other posts about this trip:
Upper Michigan, Part 1
Central Ontario, Part 1
The central Ontario landscape is made up of huge granite rock outcroppings known as the 'Canadian Shield' where glaciers receded leaving vast areas of exposed bedrock.
We stopped at the French River area and it was great to see Bluebead Lily (Clintonia borealis) in flower, before this I had only seen it with its blue berry later in the summer. The shiny green basal leaves look similar to an orchid species. A native of shady, medium moisture woods.
Its mature height is about 15 feet, and it can tolerate a quite a bit of shade in an understory. The mature bark has vertical stripes.
Low-Bush Blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium) and several moss species.
American Starflower (Trientalis borealis), Canada May Flower (Maianthemum canadense), Wood sedges and Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum).
With softly lobed blue-gray leaves this native reaches about 40 inches in height (in good soils).
Native Plant of the Week post last week.
Read the post about this native.