American Spring Live: Track-A-Lilac

What is a citizen scientist?

Quick Information

Track a Lilac, as simple as 1, 2, 3!

Step 1: Share your location

Step 2: Share what you see on your Lilac

Step 3: Share your observations

Follow this link to submit your report:

Fun Facts

Lilac, Did You Know?

  • Lilacs are everywhere considering they have more than 1,000 varieties of lilac bushes and trees.
  • Some of these varieties of lilacs can survive -60°F temperatures.
  • Many people symbolize red roses as the symbol of love, well purple lilacs are the symbol of first love.
  • Lilacs are edible, many people put lilac in certain cocktails.

Lilacs in Action

Lilacs have 3 phenophases. Phenophase is the annual life cycle of a plant or animal.

  1. Breaking leaf buds: It is considered “breaking” when the widest part of the leaf is fully expanded. This phase was once known as “First Leaf”.
  2. Open flowers: At least 50% of the flower clusters have opened. A cluster for lilacs is many small individual glowers. This phase was once known as “First Bloom”.
  3. Full Flowering: The whole plant has opened, clusters with any unopened flowers. The flowers are still fresh. This phase was once known as “Full Bloom”.

Check out these pictures of lilacs and see what phase your lilacs are in!