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What's in Bloom

Snowdrops, pussy willows and vernal witch hazels have been blooming is spite of a colder than average March. Crocus, reticulata irises, winter aconite are in flower and make a good show when planted in masses. Maples are also early bloomers, with tiny red or green flowers. Alder trees produce long, dangling catkins. Our annuals displays are scheduled to be planted the second and third week of April. We expect to see big changes in the next two weeks, from winter’s drab to a kaleidoscope of colors. If you need to warm up, come to the greenhouses, where you will find a very fragrant gardenia and many varieties of aloe, orchids, acacias, begonias, and bougainvillea in bloom. Enjoy spring at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

What's in bloom—biweekly highlights

Download a detailed list of plants in bloom in all Garden areas.

Species March April May June
Snowdrop
(Galanthus sp.)

 

     
Vernal witch hazel
(Hamamelis sp.)

 

     
Pussy willow
(Salix sp.)

 

     
Crocus
(Crocus sp.)

 

 

   
Squill
(Scilla spp.)

 

 

   
Dwarf iris
(Iris reticulata)

 

 

   
Viburnum
(Viburnum sp.)

 

 

   
Forsythia
(Forsythia sp.)

 

 

   
Magnolia
(Magnolia sp.)
 

 

 

 

Cherry
(Prunus spp.)  
 

 

 

 
Cornelian cherry
(Cornus mas)
 

 

 

 
Daffodil
(Narcissus sp.)
 

 

 

 
Bishop's cap
(Epimedium)
 

 

 

 
Siberian bugloss
(Brunnera macrophylla)
 

 

 

 

Pear
(Pyrus spp.)
   

 

 
Tulip
(Tulipa sp.)
 

 

 

 
Fritillary
(Fritillaria sp.)
 

 

 

 
Crabapple
(Malus sp.)
   

 

 
Serviceberry
(Amelanchier sp.)
 

 

 

 
Rhododendron
(Rhododendron sp.)
 

 

 

 
Spirea
(Spiraea sp.)
   

 

 

Flowering quince
(Chaenomeles sp.)
 

 

 

 
Lilac
(Syringa sp.)
   

 

 

Trillium
(Trillium sp.)
   

 

 

Ornamental onion
(Allium sp.)
   

 

 

Lungwort
(Pulmonaria spp.)
   

 

 

Phlox
(Phlox sp.)
   

 

 

Euphorbia
(Euphorbia sp.)
   

 

 

Corydalis
(Corydalis lutea)
   

 

 

Bleeding heart
(Dicentra spp.)
   

 

 

Species March April May June