Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers

A few walks in woodland areas over the past week has turned up a variety of wildflowers. Despite some unusually cold temperatures in the last couple weeks, spring is clearly underway, and we can expect more in the next few weeks. Here are a few wildflowers that are blooming now.

Spring beauties are among the first wildflowers to bloom, and are often found in dense colonies.

Trout lilies are often seen in dense colonies as well.

Mayapples are sprouting, but I have not seen any in bloom yet. The flowers is attached to the stem, underneath the broad leaf.

Virginia bluebells are also in bloom.

I have trouble finding trillium in the woods so here are a few from a garden instead, starting with great white trillium.

Yellow trillium.

Sessile trillium or Toadshade.