Jun 06 2009
Yellow Clintonia (Clintonia borealis) is blooming now in the mountains. I found these beautiful flowers when I hiked the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail last weekend.
Clintonia is a member of the Lily family named for Dewitt Clinton, a naturalist and governor of New York. Its fruit is a dark blue beadlike berry from which it acquired its third name: Bluebead.
(photo by Kate St. John – using my cell phone. Click on this photo to see Chuck Tague’s close-up of the flower.)