In May not only are many of the spring flowers still in bloom, but the summer groups are hurrying on. The list is therefore long. Beginning in May, many flowers continue until July or August. He who overlooks this "merry month" misses the flowers' choicest gifts. The list here given comprises the most important flowers which begin to blossom in May, but continue into, perhaps, late summer or early autumn. Weeds and unimportant plants are omitted.
Bunch-flower (M. latifolium). Page 46. These two from
Pages 47 and 48. May, June. False Lily of the Valley (Maianthemum canadense). Page 48. Twisted-stalk (Streptopus amplexifolius, 5. roseus). Pages 48 and 243. Small Solomon's Seal (Polygonatiim biflorum). Page 156. Early
June. Iris. Larger Blue Flag (Iris versicolor). Page 300. Latter part of May, June, or even July. The Slender Blue Flag (I. prismatica). Page 371. A little later. Ram's Head Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium arietinum). Page 302. The Smaller Yellow Lady's Slipper (C. parvifiorum), Small
White Lady's Slipper (C. candidum), and the Stemless
Lady's Slipper (C. acaule), pages 159, 244, may all be looked for in the months of May and June. Showy Orchis (Orchis spectabilis). Page 246. Fringed Orchis (Habenaria dilatata). Page 52. May-August. Whorled Pogonia (Pogonia verticillata). Page 160. (P. affinis). Page 160.
Arethusa (Arethusa bulbosa). Page 250.
Coral Root (Corallorrhiza Wisteriana and C. striata). Page 304. May be found in May and June.
Calypso (C. bulbosa). Page 372. May-July.
Adam-and-Eve (Aplectrum hyemale). Page 372.
Bastard,Toad Flax (Comandra umbellata). Page 56.
Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla). Page 448.
Broad-leaved Sandwort (Arenaria lateriflora). Page 64.
Pine-barren Sandwort (A. Carolinian a). Page 62. May-July.
Hooked Crowfoot (Ranunculus recurvatus). Page 165.
Swamp Buttercup (R. septentrionalis). Page 165. May-August.
Bulbous Buttercup (R. bulbosus). Page 166. May-July. The Tall Buttercup (R. acris), page 166, so common as to be counted a weed, comes into bloom a little later, from June to August.
Rue Anemone (Anemonella thalictroidcs). Page 69.
Thimbleweed (Anemone cylindrica). Page 71. May-July.
Leather Flower (Clematis Viorna). Page 450. May-August.
(67. ochroleuca). Page 308. Blossoms in May.
(67. crispa). Page 451. May-August.
The Purple Clematis (67. verticillaris). Page 450. May and June.
Spreading Globeflower (Trollius laxus). Page 168. May.
Goldthread (Coptis trifolia). Page 71. May-July.
Sweet Bay (Magnolia virginiana). A small tree often cultivated, blossoming from May to July.
May Apple (Podophyllum peltatum). Page 74. May.
Umbrella Leaf (Diphylleia cymosa). Page 75. May.
Common Barberry (Berberis vulgaris). Page 426.
Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum). Page 168. May.
Celandine (Chelidonium majus). Page 168. May-August.
Pale Corydalis (Corydalis sempervirens). Page 258. May-August.
Golden Corydalis (67. aurea). Page 169. May-August.
Spring Cress (Cardamine bulbosa). Page 80.
Cuckoo Flower (67. pratensis). Page 80. May.
(A. hirsuta). Page 81. May, June.
(A. laevigata). Page 81. May.
Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum). Page 83. May.
Swamp Saxifrage (Siixijraga pennsylvanica). Page 31.
Miterwort (Mitella diphylla). Page 85. May.
(M. nuda). Page 33. May-July.
Shad Bush. Service Berry (Amelanchier canadensis, A. oblongifolia, A. oligocarpa), with their related species. Page 397.
May, June. Dwarf Thorn (Crataegus tomentosa). Page 398. May. Common Cinquefoil (Potentilla canadensis). Page 174. MayJuly. (P. monspeliensis). Page 172. May-August. Wild Currants and Blackberries come into bloom during these months, their different species all bearing large, white flowers.
See chapter on shrubs. Wild Plums and Cherries are due now, including the Beach
Plum. Their fruit is ripe from one to two months later. See chapter on shrubs. Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius). Page 430. Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis). Page 313. Hoary Pea (Tephrosia spicata and T. hispidula). Page 261.
May-July. (T. virginiana). Page 260. Blooms a little later, from June to July. (Geranium carolinianum). Page 262. May, June. Fringed Polygala (Polygala paucifolia). Page 262. Seneca Snakeroot (P. Senega). Page 90. May-July. Wild Ipecac (Euphorbia Ipecacuanhae). Page 33. Among the fine shrubs flowering now are several species of Holly:
Cassena (Ilex vomitoria); Dahoon Holly (7. Cassine), (I. monticola); Black Alder (7. verticillata). Pages 401 to 403. American Bladder Nut (Siaphylea trifolia). Page 403. May. Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica). Page 390. Red-root (Ceanothus ovatus). Page 404. May. Wild Grapes, whose fruit is ripe in September, bring forth their sweet-scented flowers in May. Page 396. Poverty Grass (Hudsonia tomentosa), and Beach Heather
(H. ericoides), page 430, bring out their small yellow blossoms in May and June. Many of the Wild Violets are May flowers. Such are Bird-foot
Violet (Viola pedata), page 321; Downy Yellow Violet
(V. pubescens), page 193; (V. cucullata), page 322; Sweet
White Violet (V. blanda), page 96; Lance-leaved Violet
(V. lanceolata), page 94, and others. A few only are as late as June in coming into blossom. Wild Sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis). Page ()8. Sweet Cicely (Osmorhiza Claytoni). Page 102. Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea). Page 198. Late May and
The woods and hillsides are beautiful with one of our choicest flowering shrubs, the Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia). Page 410. It is worth taking a trip into New England in June to see the masses of this splendid flower. From late May until early July.
Pale Laurel (K. polifolia). Page 442.
Bog Rosemary (Andromeda glaucophylla). Page 412. May-July.
Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Uva-ursi). Page 413.
Creeping Snowberry (Chiogenes hispidula). Page 114.
Huckleberries, Blueberries, and Cranberries blossom in May or early June, producing fruit a little later. On Long Island we may have blueberries in the latter part of June. See chapter on shrubs.
Water Violet (Hottonia inflata). Page 116.
Star Flower (Trientalis americana). Page 116. May-July.
American Cowslip (Dodecatheon Meadia). Page 278.
Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginica). Page 418.
Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica). Page 373.
Four-leaved Milkweed (Asclepias quadrifolia). Page 284.
Blue Phlox (P. divaricata). Page 328.
Forget-me-not (Myosotis laxa). Page 330.
Corn Gromwell (Lithospermum arvense). Page 119. May-August.
Fog-fruit (Lippia lanceolata). Page 120. May-September.
Skullcap (Scutellaria integrifolia). Page 335.
Ground Ivy (Nepeta hederacea). Page 337. May-July.
Lyre-leaved Sage (Salvia lyrata). Page 340.
Beard-tongue (Penstemon hirsutus). Page 347. May-July.
Wood Betony (Pedicularis canadensis). Page 374.
Squaw-root (Conopholis americana). Page 210.
Mountain Fly Honeysuckle (Lonicera caerulea). Page 435. Other species of Lonicera blooming in May and June are Tartarian Honeysuckle (L. tartarica), page 420; Swamp Fly Honeysuckle (L. oblongifolia), page 436; Trumpet Honeysuckle (L. sempervirens), page 437, May-October; American Woodbine (L. Caprifolium), page 448.
(V. cassinoides); Black Haw (V. prunijolium), pages 421 to
423. These species of Viburnum put forth showy blossoms in
May and June. Red-berried Elder (Sambucus racemosa). Page 423. May. Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus). Page 294. May-August. Cynthia (Krigia amplexicaulis). Page 237. May-August. Fall Dandelion (Leontodon autumnalis). Page 237. Late in
May to November. Rattlesnake - weed (Hieracium venosum). Page 240. MaySeptember.