I’m working on a very complicated post that’s already a bit late for this season, but in the meantime here are two pictures of one of my favorites, dwarf ginseng (Panax trifolius). Yes, the specific epithet is misleading, since this plant sometimes has five leaflets rather than three. In the second photo you can see part of a mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum); that and the fallen leaves give you a sense of scale. Dwarf ginseng is at peak bloom now in the southern part of the Maryland piedmont.

(Click on the pictures, they’re so much more interesting when viewed larger.)





And what the heck, here’s a violet, because wow, look at that color.

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  1. One must really look for these tiny flowers. That violet is rad! There are so many specie of them, and some specie bloom in a variety of colors. It is not as easy as one might think to find one that is actually violet colored (at least here). I have never seen one as blue as yours. I found an exquisite yellow violet in Oregon. I am no fan of yellow, but they were too profuse to ignore. Although white is my favorite color, it just does not work so well for violets.

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