Crow’s Nest: Abundance of spring wildflowers
By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager.
Spring ephemeral wildflowers are abundant now. Among the earliest is bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) which opens up on sunny days to receive pollinating insects.
Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) is growing along both sides of Piersol Road just south of Hopewell Road.
Spring beauties (Claytonia virginica) is growing throughout the preserve. There are a lot more starting and now is the time to come see them: hepatica, wood anemone, and rue anemone are growing in our Deep Woods along Mine Run. Marsh marigold is growing in a wetland visible on the west side of Trythall Road just north of Horse-Shoe Trail and Mine Run. Trout-lily is growing in moist woods throughout and some are blooming now. I’ll try to keep up with the blooms but spring will progress fast now.