|Harbinger of Spring - Erigenia bulbosa|
Next up usually are the Rue Anemones, false and true. The "True Rue," Thalictrum thalictroides, has 4-8 petals while the false, Enemion biternatum, has five and tends to grow in clusters.
Spring ephemerals have developed a strategy to survive along our shaded lane. With the first warmth of Spring, they pop out before the trees leaf out and block the sun from the forest floor. After gathering energy from the sun in a few weeks, many of these species their leaves and flowers. They are perennials that survive the rest of the year as underground modified stems such as rhizomes and bulbs.
|Common Flower Fly - Syrphus ribesii|
|Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis|
One of our favorite ephemerals is the Bloodroot, nestled here in the thick dry leaves. Its leaves and roots have bright red sap that can stain your fingers. Pictures of the sap and the story of how it is planted by ants are in this previous blog.
|Wake Robin - Trillium sessile|