Spring beauties

One of the best things about spring, besides the allergies (KIDDING), are the wild flowers and other plants. Let me share a few of my favorites with you!

Cutleaf Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata)

The leaves of this plant are as cute as the flowers, even if the name leaves (no pun intended!) something to be desired.

Cutleaf Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata)
Cleft Phlox (pretty sure it’s Phlox bifida)
Trout Lily (Erythronium albidum)
Trillium (looks like Trillium cuneatum)

Many moons ago, the Spousal Unit dug up some of these babies (below) somewhere and put them around our house. Since them, they’ve spread a lot, bringing their ethereal blue to brighten our springs.

Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

I don’t know why some people have such a vendetta against violets but I think they’re beautiful (and edible). We get ones on our property that range from deep purple to white.

Wild Violets (Viola papilionacea)

And speaking of edible, we bought a bunch of ramps, a native wild onion, from the farmer’s market years back and planted them in the woods next to our house. They’ve taken their sweet time to spread and there is still not enough to make a meal of while leaving enough behind to keep growing. Dang it.

Ramps (Allium tricoccum)
See how sparse they are still after over 10 years?

Since my post is titled “spring beauties,” I would be remiss if I didn’t actually shared a Spring Beauty. Here she is, peering out shyly.

Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)

Do you go wildflower hunting (with your eyes only; bag no trophies) or grow your own native edibles?


7 thoughts on “Spring beauties

  1. Isn’t always a thrill to find a white one? (Unless, of course, your white ones outnumber the purple ones 😀 ) I’ve done bouquets of them, too, but not often enough. I love that you do it every spring!


  2. Pingback: Wild about wildflowers | Teresa Robeson 何顥思

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