What’s Blooming? Learn with Wildflower Bingo!

Spring Beauties

Explore the outdoors and learn about native wildflowers with this fun, all-ages activity!

 

What’s Blooming Bingo

It’s hard to believe it’s nearly April and spring has finally sprung! Spring invites the sweet melodies of birds and vibrant colors of blooming native wildflowers. Have you ever walked in one of our parks and wondered what those vibrant wildflowers are actually called? Now you can learn!

Our trails and greenways are still open (please use social distancing when outdoors), and we encourage you to get some fresh air and go on a wildflower hunt! Spring is the perfect time to discover native wildflowers like Dutchman’s Breeches and Yellow Trout Lily.

Keep track of what you see by using our What’s Blooming Bingo card. This activity can be done in a variety of places. Start by exploring your backyard and neighborhood, and if you take a walk in one of our local park trails or greenways, look for the native wildflowers on the card. Find all of the native wildflowers in a straight or diagonal line to get a bingo! If you have enough time, try to find them all!

Click here for the What’s Blooming Bingo card.

Dutchman's Breeches Dicentra Cucullaria
Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra Cucullaria)

Dutchman’s Breeches bloom in early to mid-spring. Dutchman’s Breeches gets its name from its pantaloon shaped, white flower petals. It has feathery green leaves and a leafless flowering stalk.

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis)

Bloodroots bloom early to mid-spring. Bloodroot gets its name from the juice that is excreted from the root when cut; it is used as red dye. Each bloodroot has a single leaf, a single stem, and a single white flower. The leaf is deeply cleft, unusually shaped, and can be very large.

PawPaw Flower
PawPaw Flower (Asimina Tribola)

PawPaw flowers bloom mid- to late spring. PawPaw flowers are also known as the Hoosier banana. Pawpaw trees produce small, downward-facing, maroon flowers with a leathery appearance.

Yellow Trout Lily Erythronium Americanum
Yellow Trout Lily (Erythronium Americanum)

Yellow Trout Lilies bloom mid-spring. This spring perennial has 1-2 leaves and one single stalked flowering head. The leaves are speckled green, pale green, and brown on the surface.

Spring Beauties Claytonia Virginica
Spring Beauties (Claytonia Virginica)

Spring Beauties bloom mid- to late spring. Spring Beauties have leaves that almost feel like a succulent when you touch them. The blooms are white with pink stripes on the petals of the flower.

Great Waterleaf
Great Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum Appendiculatum)

Great Waterleaf blooms in late spring or early summer. Great waterleaf is a biennial plant, meaning the plant takes two years to flower. It has pretty purple flowers.

Male Maple Flower
Male Maple Flower (Acer spp.)

Male Maple Flowers bloom in March. Red maples produce both male and female flowers. You can tell the difference by looking for the long stamens with yellow pollen tips of the male flowers.

Virginia Bluebells Mertensia Virginica
Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia Virginica)

Virginia Bluebells bloom in mid- to late spring. Virginia Bluebells are known for their beautiful, full oblong leaves and bell-shaped blooms ranging in color from blue, purple, and pink to a combination of all three! They grow in big patches and can be seen blanketing the forest floor.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about native wildflowers, check out the Indiana Native Plant Society’s website!

What's Blooming Bingo

 

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