I love wildflowers. Who doesn't? I am especially fond of spring wildflowers that grow in deciduous forests. These plants need sunlight to grow, bloom, and set seed, and they have a limited opportunity to do that, between the end of winter and the trees leafing out. They have to be fast, and things change weekly, if not daily. Time is always against me in the spring, so I never get to see all of my favorites every year. Sometimes I forget their names, but I never forget a face.
Dutchman's Breeches: a perennial favoriteAnd this is the "False" Solomon's Seal, also called Solomon's Plume. The flower is at the end of the frond.
Solomon's Seal is one of those whose names always confuse me each spring. This is the "True" or "Smooth" Solomon's Seal. The buds and flowers hang under the leaves.
This year, I made some new friends at the New River Birding and Nature Festival, in West Virginia, like this squawroot. It is actually a parasite, deriving its nutrients from the roots of the oak trees it grows on.
Some wildflowers look like they belong in your garden. This wild geranium looks a lot like the cranesbill geranium that I have around my gazebo.
This sedum would be at home in any yard's rock garden. (Note the tiny bug.)
Too bad the spring wildflower season is so short. I missed seeing so many things this year.
[Thanks, Julie, for reminding me of some of the names.]