Canada Goldenrod and New England Aster
The meadows near the Vista Trail lookout are filled with native flower species such as Canada goldenrod, which blooms in mid to late summer, turning the meadow bright yellow. The area directly in front of the lookout has been planted with a native flower garden, which includes species such as the bright purple New England aster.
The white trillium is Ontario’s provincial flower. Its showy three-petal blooms are short-lived, appearing for just a few weeks in the spring. The petals turn pale pink as they age and eventually drop off. The plant’s seeds are dispersed with the help of ants. The seeds have a nutritious fleshy part that is attractive to ants. The ants carry the seeds back to their colony, remove the fleshy part, and discard the rest, leaving the seeds to sprout.
Look for this showy wildflower in sunny open areas along the Cedar Trail. The daisy-like flowers are made up of yellow-orange ray florets (petals) and a dark brown or black dome-shaped centre. The bright blooms attract insects such as butterflies and bees.