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What's in Bloom

The early bulbs, annuals and perennials made a surprising recovery from the four inches of wet snow that fell over the weekend. Come to see annuals such as pansies, Persian buttercups, nemesia, Iceland poppies, poppy anemones and toadflax in the Circle Garden, Enabling Garden and at the Visitors Center. Bulbs in bloom include squills, narcissus, crocus and species tulips. Lenten roses, primroses, and butterburs and are the first garden perennials making an appearance. In McDonald Woods you will also see spring cress, marsh marigolds, false rue anemone, trout lilies and bloodroot. Trees and shrubs are budding and starting to bloom, with Corneliancherry dogwoods, star magnolias, pussywillows, and fragrant viburnum putting on a show. Forsythias took a beating with the -23 temperatures in January, with ‘Northern Gold’, along the west road, faring the best. 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