Apr 06 2009

Signs of Spring: Harbinger of Spring

Published by at 7:41 am under Phenology,Plants


The title looks redundant but this flower is one of the first to bloom so it’s named Harbinger of Spring.  It’s a tiny flower.  Each bunch is about the size of a pencil eraser so you have to look closely to see it. 

I found it in bloom yesterday at Raccoon Creek State Park Wildflower Reserve in Beaver County.  So did Bob and Dianne Machesney. 

(photo by Dianne Machesney)

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3 Responses to “Signs of Spring: Harbinger of Spring”

  1. Libby Strizzion 06 Apr 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Kate, I have these close-to-the-ground little green plants with tiny white flower in the center. Is this what you’re talking about? I thought they were weeds. When they go to seed, you touch them and the flower head kind of explodes its seeds all over the place.

  2. Chuck Tagueon 07 Apr 2009 at 5:36 pm


    Your plants sound like Asiatic Bittercress.


  3. Libby Strizzion 08 Apr 2009 at 6:56 am

    Chuck — Asiatic Bittercress — that sounds like a good name for a weed I don’t like — it goes everywhere! No wonder, with its seeds exploding all over. I am bitter about that 😉

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