Unbelievable.

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Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

Today I spent more than six hours in the greater Carderock area, took more than… well, never mind how many photographs, and at the end, when I was dog tired and ready to go home, I found a plant I haven’t seen in five years. More on that later.

I did miss the full bloom of twinleaf, and bloodroot is done, too; nonetheless, this has been one of the best hunting days ever.

Carderock; Billy Goat B; the Basin; Billy Goat C central section
49 F, calm and sunny at 8:25 am
73 F with building overcast and breezy at 2:40 pm

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Native Plants Emerging (since last outing):
bellwort
rattlesnake weed
early meadow rue
wild geranium
Coville’s phacelia
racemose goldenrod
rattlesnake weed
bastard toadflax

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bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia)

Native Plants in Flower:
spring beauty
Virginia bluebells – in blue, white, and pink!
Dutchman’s breeches and squirrel corn
cut-leaved and slender toothwort
early saxifrage
smooth and lyre-leaved rock cress
rue anemone
wild ginger
wild pink
wild blue phlox and moss phlox
field chickweed and star chickweed
golden alexanders
golden ragwort
short-spurred corydalis
toadshade, including yellow-form
bluets
southern chervil
redbud
downy serviceberry
kidney-leaved buttercup and swamp buttercup
common blue violet, including white form
smooth yellow violet
white violet, not sure which species
trout lily
and, at last…white trout lily!

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Erythronium albidum, threatened in Maryland

…for a total of 31 species in one day.

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