Common Wildflowers of the Catskills

There are thousands of species of plants in the Catskills. As early as the mid-eighteenth century botanists and horticulturalists found and catalogued some of these plants. John Bartram collected seeds and plant specimens for study and export, introducing North American plants to Europe where they were sought by wealthy estate owners and botanical gardens. Here we have listed, with photographs, some of the wildflowers commonly found in the Catskills. They are arranged by season and color.

NOTE:  It is illegal to harvest or remove plants from the Catskill Forest Preserve.

NOTE:  This is an ongoing project. As the seasons progress, we’ll post additional information.


Spring Ephemerals and Other Early Bloomers











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Dwarf Ginseng

Dwarf Ginseng










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Squirrel Corn

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White (Canada) Violet

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Wood Anemone

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Wood Sorrel

Wood Sorrel








Dutchman’s Britches

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Trout Lily

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Wild Oats

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Yellow Clintonia

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Yellow Violet

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Red Trillium

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Painted Trillium

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Spring Beauties

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Blue Cohosh

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Blue Violet

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False Hellebore – highly toxic

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Ramps (Wild Leeks)

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Wild Ginger

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  1. Tammy
    Tammy May 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm . Reply

    I am helping to plan a Sept. 6th wedding in Bovina, NY. We would love to add naturally growing wildflowers that grow along the roads to the tables. Hoping we can find daisies, black-eyed Susan’s and other flowers. Do you think this will be possible at this time of year in this area? I really hope I get a response to this request!! Thanks from a Mom

    1. Ann Roberti
      Ann Roberti July 16, 2014 at 6:26 am . Reply

      Tammy, a friend of the Catskill Mountain Club who leads wildflower and invasive species hikes also does wildflower floral arrangements. You can check out her website here:

  2. NELL
    NELL September 8, 2015 at 1:52 pm . Reply

    Please help me to identify a flower blooming now beginning of September, small white flowers very much alike lily of the valley, but petals are a little festooned and smell is different. thank you

  3. Dimond
    Dimond January 19, 2016 at 12:46 pm . Reply

    awesome website

  4. dean carroll
    dean carroll August 22, 2016 at 3:39 pm . Reply

    My father went hiking in a place near Sunrise called “the Pink Forest; in the 1960’s. I can’t find any information about it. Can any one help? Thanks, Deano in Cincinnati,

  5. Sergio
    Sergio November 14, 2016 at 12:18 pm . Reply

    I am researching stuff about the catskill mountains for my class, and this was an awesome website!

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