Spring is a time when days are warm, but night temperatures may still drop below freezing. One of the first signs of spring is the number of flowers that begin to bloom, some even before the snow is gone. Brightly coloured buds push up through the soil, seduced by the longer days and warmer sun.
Spring wildflowers have a tough job though; within less than a few weeks, they have to be ready for those first warm days of late March to send up their leaves, flower, be pollinated, set fruit and store up energy in their roots for next year. Their life span lasts only a couple of weeks until the the trees begin to block out their sunlight.
Some of the most common spring wildflowers in Ontario include: red and white trilliums, hepaticas, bloodroot, Dutchman’s breeches, trout lilies, bellflower, columbine and a variety of orchids. Don’t miss out on seeing some of these beautiful signs of spring. The days are longer, so you have more time to get out and explore your neighbourhood parks and ravines.
Toronto’s Top Ten Blooming Beauties for Spring
Where to Find?
Check out a nearby park, or explore the trails of the West Don trail where you can find trout lily, jack-in-the-pulpit and false Solomon’s-seal, or the Rouge Valley for Trilliums. Also visit local parks such as the Glen Stuart Ravine and Neville Park. Each week you’ll see different signs of spring, birds returning and varieties of wild flowers and blossoms.