The Spring Ephemerals, part 3

Well, I’ve made the decision: no wildflower hunting for the foreseeable future. You can imagine how sad this makes me. But people just aren’t being careful about social distancing, and there isn’t enough open space for everyone who insists on going out.

In the meantime, I’ll follow the season by posting old pictures.

If I were being strictly chronological, harbinger-of spring (Erigenia bulbosa; Apiaceae) would have been the first plant in this series of posts.  It’s almost certainly done blooming by now.

These little plants bedevil me: they grow only a few inches tall, the individual flowers are tiny (notice the oak leaf in the picture below), and they’re so dainty that they’re always in motion, so they’re tricky to photograph. I do love trying, though.

 

 

Another one that’s never still is lyre-leaved rockcress (Arabidopsis lyrata; Brassicaceae). Growing right out of small depressions in rocks, these plants stand just a few inches taller than harbinger of spring. Look how slender those stems are compared to the pine needles lying nearby. I’ve seen stands of these blooming as late in the season as early June.

Here’s another diminutive plant that grows in moist, rocky areas: early saxifrage (Micranthes virginiensis, formerly Saxifraga virginiensis; Saxifragaceae). Its blooming period can start as early as late March and last through early May.

3 thoughts on “The Spring Ephemerals, part 3

  1. Elizabeth, So glad you are doing this! it lifts my spirits to think about the flowers blooming out there. Thank you, Beth Jones (w/Don Ruschman)

    On Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 9:14 PM Elizabeth’s Wildflower Blog wrote:

    > elizabeth posted: “Well, I’ve made the decision: no wildflower hunting for > the foreseeable future. You can imagine how sad this makes me. But people > just aren’t being careful about social distancing, and there isn’t enough > open space for everyone who insists on going out. ” >

  2. That is infuriating. I notice that too, not so much here, but when I went into town to get the mail. It is business as usual. Even the salon across from the Post Office was open.

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