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Crow’s Nest: Abundance of spring wildflowers

April 10, 2023

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager.

Bloodroot wildflower

Photo: Daniel Barringer

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 wildflower

Photo: Daniel Barringer

Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) is growing along both sides of Piersol Road just south of Hopewell Road.

Spring beauty, five-petaled white wildflower with pink stripes on petals

Photo: Daniel Barringer

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.