Category Archives: Cape Cod Wildflowers

Beautiful Orange Oriental Bittersweet At Fort Hill On Cape Cod.


I get very nostalgic whenever I see  Oriental Bittersweet vines with bright orange berries growing along the trails at Fort Hill. When I was little, my mother would take us out and gather the long vines which she would weave into  a gorgeous fall wreath for our door.

Oriental Bittersweet has a twining woody vine with tiny green flowers which grow into clusters of showy bright orange-scarlet berries with yellow leaves.

Have you ever seen an Oriental Bittersweet? The berries are exquisite!

I Finally Cut The Last Of My Zinnias Here On Cape Cod!


With the forecast for rain , sleet and possible snow  and with the temperatures below freezing, I cut the last of my Zinnias for the season. I can’t believe I’ve still been able to enjoy the my Zinnias in my home in November. What a  treat! (Click on the photo to see the whole bouquet!)

So, I thought I’d share them with you! May this brighten your day, especially if you live on the east coast!

Slender Fragrant Goldenrod Wildflowers At Fort Hill On Cape Cod.


I never knew there are so many different varieties of Goldenrod wildflowers. Wow! I saw this Slender Fragrant Goldenrod a couple of weeks ago while hiking at Fort Hill. Although I’ve seen Goldenrod for years and years, I don’t remember seeing this one before. It looked so delicate.

Slender Fragrant Goldenrod has 1/4″ tiny yellow flowers that form a flat-topped cluster at the top of the plant, which grows 1-2 feet. They bloom from July through October on dry sandy soil and fields.

Have you ever seen a Slender Fragrant Goldenrod?

Pretty Pink Wildflower At The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary On Cape Cod.


There are still a few wildflowers blooming on the trails on Cape Cod. I saw this delicate pink wildflower while hiking on the Bayview Trail at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

I’ve looked and looked in my books and on the internet but can’t seem to identify it. Does anyone know what kind of wildflower this is?

So pretty and delicate, don’t you think?

Climbing Nightshade Wildflower Berries At Fort Hill On Cape Cod.


I was so surprised to see these Climbing Nightshade wildflowers turn into these bright red berries in the fall. I had never seen the berries before.  I posted a photograph of the purple wildflower on my blog  on August 1st. The wildflowers are tiny, only about 1/2″ at the most.

“The fruit is an ovoid red berry about 1 cm long, soft and juicy, with the aspect and odor of a tiny tomato, and edible for some birds, which disperse the seeds widely. However, the berry is poisonous to humans and livestock, and the berry’s attractive and familiar look make it dangerous for children.”

Both the flowers and the berries are poisonous, so keep your distance!