There are a number of different ways to navigate this site, you should keep in
mind though that this is not a complete northeastern wildflower field guide, and
there are many flowers that have not been included.
Searching By Name
If you know the common or scientific name of the flower you are looking for,
you can go to Search By Name (located on the navigation bar at the top of every
page) and look up the flower name. When you click on the flower name you will
be taken to the flower's page where you will find the information we have
gathered on that particular species.
Searching By Characteristics
If you do not know the name, and only know what the flower looks like, you can go to
Search by Characterisitics (also located on the navigation bar at the top of
a. On this page you must first pick the color of the flower,
if you are unsureof the exact color of your flower, for example if it
is a purplish-blue, andcould be considered either purple or blue , than you
should check both the blue and purple pages.
b. On the individual color pages, the flowers are seperated by arrangement:
Radially symmetrical - a vertical cut through any plane of the flower head will produce
2 mirror halves that are mirror images of one another
Bilaterally symmetrical - there is only plane through which this flower head can be cut
so that the two resulting halves are mirror images of one another
Clusters - more than one flower head is in a bunch at the end of the stalk or stem
Composite - any plant of the family Asteraceae (Compositae) which typically has
flower heads made up of ray flowers (e.g. dandelion), disc flowers (e.g. thistle), or
both (e.g. daisy)
c. Under each flower name there is a small picture of the flower. If the picture looks like
the flower you are looking for, click on either the picture or the name and go
to the species' page and check the larger pictures and information on the site
to see if they coincide with your own flower.
** Keep in mind that this is not a complete field guide and your flower may not not have
been included in this site**
Searching By Family
If you know the family of the flower, or want to check out the differentspecies in a family,
you can go to the Search by Family (again, located on the navigation bar at the top of
every page) and click on the family name you are interested in. You will then be taken
to the family page where all the flowers in that family are listed and you can access the
seperate species pages.
If you are interested in learning more about the flowers on this site and Northeastern
wildflowers that are not included in this site, you can visit our
Acknowledgements/References page, which lists the books we used in our research.
About the Authors
If you are interested in knowing about the authors of this website, you can
visit the About the Authors page.