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
White (Canada) Violet
False Hellebore – highly toxic
Ramps (Wild Leeks)