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Crow’s Nest: What’s blooming now?

April 16, 2021

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

The spring wildflower season is underway and it would be a full time job to keep up with what’s happening—but I’ll try to hit some highlights. Above, bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is one of the earliest. You’ll find it along some of the local roadsides, or find a spectacular line of them along the Horse-Shoe Trail where it passes through Crow’s Nest along an old railroad right-of-way from Trythall Road going west.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

In that same area of our Deep Woods along Mine Run north of the Horse-Shoe Trail, peak trout-lily (Erithronium americanum) blooming looks like this (above).

Photo: Daniel Barringer

The round-lobed hepatica (Hepatica americana) can be found in the same area of woods.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

Rue-anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides) is also in bloom. The other anemone there, wood anemone (Anemone quinquifolia—with five-lobed leaves) is just about to bloom.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

On the lower sides of our Monocacy Hill section of the preserve, I stumbled on yellow fumewort (Corydalis flavula). I don’t think I have ever seen it here before, proof that there’s always something new to discover. It’s a short-lived perennial with finely-cut leaves.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

It’s not all flowers—there are creatures out there too, like this leopard frog posing in Mine Run. You never know exactly what you’ll see when you’re visiting the preserve.

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