Despite this month’s cold weather yesterday’s outing* to Cedar Creek found two early-spring wildflowers.
Bright afternoon sunshine encouraged the wildflowers to bloom but it washed out the colors on the forest floor. We all searched hard to find this Harbinger of Spring (Erigenia bulbosa). Here’s a poor photo of the entire plant with an oak leaf for scale. It’s tiny! One leaf is sufficient to hide it.
We also found a lot of Snow Trillium (Trillium nivale) in bloom but I had to be shown each flower because I couldn’t see them in the glare. My best photo is of the one I stepped on. Oh how embarrassing!
* This was a joint outing of the Wissahickon Nature Club and the Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Feel free to join us as we explore the flora and fauna in western Pennsylvania. Click here for Wissahickon’s 2015 outing schedule (page 3 of the pdf) and here for the Botanical Society’s calendar.
(photos by Kate St. John)