Category Archives: Cape Cod Wildflowers

Indian Pipe, A Plant With No Chlorophyll, Is Blooming On Cape Cod.

Indian Pipe wildflowers have no chlorophyll so they get their nutrients from decaying matter. They have whitish, waxy scaly stalks with nodding, waxy 1″  bell-shaped flowers. They grow solo or in clumps and only from 4″-10″ tall. (Click on blog link for other photo.)

They bloom from July to September in the woods, so if you’re out on a hike in the woods, maybe you will see one. Just look for the white stalks sticking out of the ground!

Beautiful Spotted Wintergreen Wildflowers Are Blooming On Cape Cod.

The Spotted Wintergreen wildflowers are one of the most interesting of the wildflowers that bloom around here. They have 1″ waxy, white petals that face downward. As they bloom, they start looking up toward the sky and eventually are totally facing the sun. (Click on blog link for other photos.)

They grow in the woods in July and August, so you have plenty of time to see them. So pretty and delicate…

Have you seen any Spotted Wintergreen this summer?

Climbing Nightshade Wildflowers Are Blooming On Cape Cod.

The Climbing Nightshade wildflowers are blooming all along the trails on Cape Cod. I saw these at Fort Hill, along many of the trails.

Climbing Nightshade wildflowers are a climbing vine with 1/2″ violet flowers swept back from a yellow central “beak” in loose clusters. It forms egg-shaped shiny green berries which turn to bright red in late summer.

Such a pretty little wildflower but beware:  The berries are poisonous!

Gorgeous Scarlet Pimpernel Wildflower At Fort Hill On Cape Cod!

If you’re not looking at the ground while you walk by these little beauties on the side of the road, you will probably miss them as they are only about 10-12mm across. I saw them a couple of years ago in the same place, but missed them last year.

So, it was a big treat to see them again. They are just stunning with their bright orange petals and purple center and bright yellow anthers. Have you ever seen a Scarlet Pimpernel wildflower?