Category Archives: Cape Cod Wildflowers

Wild Blackberries At Fort Hill On Cape Cod

Hiking at Fort Hill in Eastham on Cape Cod is such a treat. You never know what you will see and every time you go it is different. Different wildflowers, different butterflies, different birds, etc.

The other day I saw some wild Blackberries along the side of the trail.

Have you ever seen a wild Blackberry?

Pretty Blue-Violet Cow Vetch Wildflowers In Eastham On Cape Cod

I’ve seen so many Cow Vetch wildflowers along the trails in Eastham on Cape Cod. Cow Vetch is a climbing plant with many blue-violet 1/2″ flowers on one side of a long, hairy stem.  These plants grow to 2-3 feet from May to August.

You can see them in the fields and meadows of Cape Cod, as well as along the roadsides.

 

Beautiful White Queen Anne’s Lace Wildflowers Blooming All Over Fort Hill In Eastham On Cape Cod

The meadows at Fort Hill on Cape Cod are abundant with beautiful white Queen Anne’s Lace wildflowers. Last month was pink with Beach Pea wildflowers and all you can see now is Queen Anne’s Lace.

Queen Anne’s Lace reminds me of my Mom who showed me the wildflower when I was a little girl and told me that it got its name because it looked just like a delicate piece of lace.

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Queen Anne’s Lace grows to about 4′ tall. It is a flat, lacy flower with 4″ clusters of tiny white flowers.

One thing I did not know is that it is poisonous and may irritate the skin. It blooms from June to September in fields and roadsides.

 

Dark Blue Pokeweed Wildflowers On Cape Cod

Pokeweed is a very distinctive, succulent plant here on Cape Cod. Its 1/4″ flowers are racemes with 5 white to pinkish round waxy sepals and green centers. Its leaves are large and egg-shaped. The stems turn red with age and the berries turn a dark blue.

It is a large plant which grows from 4-10 feet and blooms from July to September in open woods and fields. I saw these Pokeweeds at Fort Hill in Eastham along the side of the trail by the Nauset Marsh.

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In the first photograph you can see the buds before they bloom to the left and as they bloom on the right. In the 2nd photograph you can see the dark blue berries that hang from the plant and look like grapes.

After reading one of the comments, I realized that Pokeweeds are very toxic plants, both the berries and the stem. Stay far away!

 

 

Pretty Yellow Common St.-John’s-Wort Wildflower In Eastham On Cape Cod

This pretty Common St.-John’s-Wort wildflower was growing along the side of the parking lot here in Eastham on Cape Cod. It is so delicate with its many stamens.

Common St.-John’s-Wort grows to about 20″ tall with bright yellow flowers with have 5 petals that are are black-dotted on the edges. It blooms from June to August along roadsides and waste areas.

Have you ever seen a Common St.-John’s-Wort wildflower? Pretty, don’t you think?