(formerly Hepatica nobilis var obtusa)
Yesterday was so lovely, I had to take a break from writing about Death Valley wildflowers and go hike the Billy Goat B trail. It’s the season for ephemerals, the delicate-leaved, dainty-flowered, low-growing plants that will completely disappear for the year in two months (or less).
Seen on Thursday, March 24:
- spring beauties are going strong, but nowhere close to full bloom yet
- harbinger-of-spring is hanging in there
- cutleaf toothworts are starting to bloom
- one small patch of wild blue phlox was already blooming – way early!
- two golden ragworts (there are very few on Billy Goat B; Billy Goat C is the place to see these en masse)
- a few each trout lilies, early saxifrage, and star chickweed are open
- pawpaws are budding up
- a single short-spurred corydalis
- Dutchman’s breeches just starting
- Virginia bluebells are about to burst – give it two more days, maybe three
- rue anemone
- round-lobed hepatica (not an ephemeral, though)
- bloodroot seem to be at their peak already
- spicebush is still blooming, but starting to fade
- leatherwood is just opening
And five turtles on a log in the canal
This should be the first great weekend for wildflower viewing in the gorge.