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Mariton: Wildflowers Here

May 8, 2013

by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager.  Photos by Carole Mebus

Our walk on Saturday was great.  There are a few things that are just beginning to bloom, but most of the classic spring wild flowers are in their prime. 

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The Showy Orchis (above) is just starting to come out now. 

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The Golden Seal  (Hydrastic canadensis) is a rare wildflower that was probably collected to near extinction for medicinal purposes.  It is not very showy, and  goes to seed quite quickly.

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Ginger (Asarum canadense) is still in bloom.  You have to get close and move some leaves to see this wildflower

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False Solomon’s Seal (Smilacina recemosa)  has its blossom at the end of the stem.  (Solomon’s Seal has the blossoms hanging underneath along the stem.)

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Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

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Mayapple (Podophyllum pelatum)

Come out to enjoy the beauty of the wildflowers.  Leave them as you find them, so everyone can enjoy!

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