|Rue anemone just opening - Mark Bower|
|Rue anemone in full bloom- REK|
"True" rue anemone has 5-10 sepals which look like petals and can be either pink or white and has a whorl of bracts which look like leaves below the flower head and the true basal leaves will appear after it starts flowering. False rue is always white, has 5 sepals which look like petals and three-lobed compound leaves which come off the stem.
|Rue - note bracts on base of flower head|
Mark's plant has 6 sepals and the whorl of bracts off the flower head rather than the stem and therefore is the true rue. According to Dennison in Missouri Wild Flowers, "they are possibly the longest flowering species of early spring." Or as Barb says, "Aren't they sweet?"
|White trout lily, Erythronium albidum - Mark Bower|
|Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis, blooms for only one day - REK|