Michigan wildflowers grace the shores, woodland, and even the golf courses on historic Mackinac Island.
Pictured above from left to right: butterfly weed, Canadian Anemone, and thistle.
Mackinac Island has a diverse variety of wildflowers
that can be found from early spring to late fall.
Fireweed is a common wildflower throughout the world. It is shown here on the
on the east side of the Island.
Goldenrod and Chicory grow together beautifully at the
edge of Lake Huron near
Mission Point Resort.
Yellow Lady’s Slipper blooms in the spring and summer. It is a member of the Orchid Family and it is delicate and graceful in its appearance.
Pearly Everlasting is part of the Aster Family and it blooms in summer and fall. It is a common plant of Michigan.
Crown Vetch blooms in the summer. It was introduced to Michigan from Eurasia and North Africa.
Although not a wildflower, Poison Ivy is a plant that you should be able to identify! Learn to recognize this plant so that you can enjoy your vacation without acquiring a nasty rash! Poison Ivy has three leaves on each stem. The leaves are reddish in the spring, green in the summer and then turn yellow, red and orange in the fall.
Insider Tips: Take as many pictures as you would like but do not take plants. Wildflowers are protected on all Michigan public lands. There are 243 plants on the threatened or endangered list and they are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Photographs on this page were taken by
Sharon Griffes Tarr
and are copyrighted. They may not be duplicated without her consent.
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