Flower Project

Flowers of the Waskahegan Trail

Since 2016, two Waskahegan members have been photographing and researching the ground flora species on the diverse terrain of this unique trail. The result of their work is the Flower Project.

The team is working hard to ensure that the botanical descriptions are from established, reliable sources. As much as possible, the photos on these pages are of actual plants found on the trail. We hope that the “Waskahegan Field Notes” that accompany each plant description will either educate or entertain you in what these plants mean to us locally.

As work continues on the curation of the photos and the botanical descriptions, more species will be added to the collection.

Have you seen an interesting plant on the trail? The Flower Project team would like to hear from you. Email your photo and your “Field Notes”—including the date (or approximate time frame), the section of trail, and anything you find interesting about the plant (e.g., its habitat, what it means to you, etc.). Send it to flowerproject@waskahegantrail.ca.


Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana) Shrub grows between 1 and 6 m tall. The leaves are elliptic and pointed at tips,…

Our Violets

Canada Violet (Viola canadensis) is a common perennial that grows 10 – 40 cm tall, depending on surrounding plant growth….

Spotted Coral Root Orchid

Spotted Coral Root Orchid (Corallorhizea maculata) is a saprophyte, a plant that roots in dead material, symbiotically sharing its substrate…

Prickly Rose

Prickly Rose (Rosa acicularis), the floral emblem of Alberta, is one of three wild rose species that grow in our…

Wild White Geranium

Wild White Geranium (Geranium richardsonii) is a perennial, 40–80 cm tall, easily recognizable as a geranium by its FIVE main…

Showy Milkweed

Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) has large rounded clusters of star-shaped pink or purplish flowers atop stems with lance-shaped leaves showing…


Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis) is a carpet-like mat, circumpolar, ground flora in forests. The creeping roots from which the upper plants…

Spreading Dogbane

Spreading Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium) is a branched perennial herb found in dry thickets and borders of woods and beaver ponds…

Prairie Crocus

Prairie Crocus (Anemone patens) blooms so early in the grasslands that snow may still be on the ground.