Common Name

Scientific Name



Asiatic Dayflower Commelina communis Common in park fields and other disturbed areas of campus (May-Sept.) Asiatic Dayflower
Bulbous Buttercup Ranunculus bulbosus Common in the park fields and other disturbed areas of campus (March-May). Bulbous Buttercup
Bull Thistle Cirsium vulgare Found along disturbed margins of the park. Bull Thistle
Clover, White Trifolium repens Common all over campus lawns. White Clover
Crane-fly orchid Tipularia discolor Widespread throughout park woods, but very inconspicuous; leaves appear after flowers wither and persist throughout winter (August). Crane Fly Orchid
Crown Vetch Coronilla varia Uncommon along creek margins in park fields (May). Crown Vetch
Daffodil, Jonquil Narcissus pseudonarcissus Early spring ephemeral, bright yellow can’t-miss flower found on forest floor. Probably planted ornamentals from years past. Daffodil
Fleabane,Common Erigeron philadelphicus Found by creek margins in the park’s fields (April-May). Common Fleabane
Pennsylvania smartweed Polygonum pensylvanicum Common in disturbed areas of the park (sept.-Oct). Pennsylvania Smartweed
Periwinkle Vinca sp. An escape from cultivation that is now invasive in several areas of the park. Purple pinwheel like flowers. (March- April). Periwinkle
Pokeweed Phytolacca americana Common plant in disturbed areas, Has distinctive purple berries in the fall (May-Sept). Pokeweed
Purple Dead-nettle Lamium purpureum Common on park lawns (Feb-May). Purple Dead-nettle
Rose of Sharon Hibiscus syriacus Common non-native shrub. (July-Sept). Rose of Sharon
Round-Lobed Helpatica Hepatica americana Known only from one area in park woods east of Gray drive (March). Round-Lobed Helpatica
Solomon’s Seal Polygonatum biflorum Uncommonly scattered through park woods, in danger of ivy overgrowth. a labeled specimen can be found just west of Grogan Hall (April-May). Solomon's Seal
Star of Bethlehem Ornithogalum umbellatum Common in park fields, especially along creek borders (Late March – May). Star of Bethlehem
Trout Lily Erythronium americanum One of the first bloomers of spring, this plant forms dense carpets along the creeks in the park woods (February – April). Trout Lily
Tufted Vetch Vicia cracca Common around margins of park woods and fields (March- May). Tufted Vetch
White Trillium Trillium grandiflorum Previously recorded as only one individual north of Grogan Hall, photo taken 1997, please let the Biology department know if you spot one in the spring (March – April). White Trillium