Grass-of-Parnassus (Parnassia glauca) Saxifrage family. These are native plants also called Bog Stars.
There different types of Grass-of-Parnassus, P. glauca is the one that grows in the lower half of Michigan. Also called Fen or American Grass-of-Parnassus.
Swamp Lousewort (Pedicularis lanceolata) Figwort family.
Nodding Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes cernua) Orchid family.
This native perennial plant is usually 4-12" tall and unbranched. Nodding Ladies' Tresses can be distinguished from these other species by the downward curve of its tubular flowers, providing them with a 'nodding' appearance.
Kalm's Lobelia (Lobelia kalmii) Lobelia Family.
The Lobelia genus was once in its own Lobeliaceae family, then was moved to the Campanulaceae (Bellflower) family but is now back in Lobeliaceae.
True Forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides) Borage Family.
These grow right in the swallow water, not native, but very pretty.
Swamp Thistle (Cirsium muticum) Composite Family.
Tall Sunflower (Helianthus giganteus) Composite Family.
I think this is a Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria Cybele) but I might just be close (or wrong). Just as I was admiring this beautiful butterfly I spied the first Fringed Gentian of the year! I knew the flower wasn't going anywhere so I focused on the butterfly first.
Greater Fringed Gentian (Gentianopsis crinita) Gentian Family.
Greater fringed gentian flowers open on sunny days, but generally remain closed on cloudy days. Individual plants live for only one or two years. Native.
"Furled" Fringed Gentian
Death Camas still blooming. For two months this type of plant has been blooming.
Purple Gerardia (Agalinis purpurea) Broom-rape Family. This native annual plant is 1–2½' tall, branching occasionally.
Might also be known by the common name Purple False Foxglove, Figwort Family.
Pitcher Plants were still around on their long stems and odd shaped "flower". A very interesting plant.
Poison Sumac - Do not touch!
Dense Blazing Star was still blazing!
Arrowhead, also Duck Potato (Sagittaria latifolia) Water plantain Family.
Common Water Lily (Nymphaea odorata)
Biennial Gaura (Gaura biennis) Evening Primrose family
A native biennial plant that is 4-6' when mature, branching frequently in the upper half to produce long flowering stems. This native plant is often ignored because it is a rather widespread biennial with an untidy appearance. Marie spotted this along the road, and she identified it! First time we have seen it.