Thank you for visiting my gallery of New York’s wildflowers, a personal collection of photos I’ve taken in the field. I continually add photos, so check back for updates. You can also visit my Flickr pages where you can browse my album of New York Wildflowers.
I’ve been photographing the wild plants I observe in the field for over a decade with the intention of keeping a record of sightings. Hopefully, this gallery will help you to identify a plant, as well as to appreciate the diversity and beauty of our wildflowers. This gallery is not intended as a comprehensive guide to all the wild flora of New York. Please see my New York Wild Flora page for a list of print and digital resources and guides.
Wildflowers include flowering vines, shrubs and small trees, and grasses. Plants are arranged by habitat, and within each habitat, by color group, and within each color group, alphabetically by family. Colors can vary, so check a similar color group. Also, some plants may appear in more than one habitat. I give the common name followed by the Latin name, using the nomenclature in The Catalogue of Vascular Plants of New York by David Werier (The Torrey Botanical Society, 2017), which is updated on the New York Flora Association Plant Atlas website. It’s an excellent resource for identifying wild flora, but its photo database is limited. For an excellent image database, I go to the website of the New England Wildflower Society. Even though their focus excludes New York, it’s a very useful resource.
Using print and online guides, I make every effort to accurately identify the plants, but it can be a tricky business. Different species of plants can look similar, they can hybridize, and they can evolve local variants or even subspecies. I welcome any corrections from you botanists out there. Just email me. Thanks!
–Betsy McCully, updated September 2021
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marshes, swamps, bogs, streams and ponds
Blue-violet wetland wildflowers
Pink-purple wetland wildflowers
Red-orange wetland wildflowers
Yellow wetland wildflowers
Green-brown wetland wildflowers
White wetland wildflowers
Blue–violet coastal wildflowers
Pink coastal wildflowers
Red–orange coastal wildflowers
Yellow coastal wildflowers
White coastal wildflowers
Brown–green coastal wildflowers
Blue-violet grassland wildflowers
Pink-purple grassland wildflowers
Red–orange grassland wildflowers
Yellow grassland wildflowers
Brown–green grassland wildflowers
White grassland wildflowers
Blue woodland wildflowers
Pink woodland wildflowers
Red-orange woodland wildflowers
Yellow woodland wildflowers
White woodland wildflowers
c. Betsy McCully 2018-2021