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
Native Plants Emerging (since last outing):
early meadow rue
bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia)
Native Plants in Flower:
Virginia bluebells – in blue, white, and pink!
Dutchman’s breeches and squirrel corn
cut-leaved and slender toothwort
smooth and lyre-leaved rock cress
wild blue phlox and moss phlox
field chickweed and star chickweed
toadshade, including yellow-form
kidney-leaved buttercup and swamp buttercup
common blue violet, including white form
smooth yellow violet
white violet, not sure which species
and, at last…white trout lily!
Erythronium albidum, threatened in Maryland
…for a total of 31 species in one day.