Friday, April 22, 2011

Spring Flowers Part II

The second installment of common spring wildflowers currently flowering in eastern Ohio.  It's been a cool damp spring so far which has delayed the development of certain species.

Bloodroot, named for bright red pigments stored in
underground rhizomes which nourish the plant as it flowers.  The
flower of bloodroot precedes leaf development which
can be seen at the base of the stalk.  Energy made in the
leaf throughout the growing season will be stored in the
rhizome and used to fuel next year's flowering. 

A species of saxifrage.  No more than two inches tall these tiny
plants favor soils around shale and siltstone outcrops on
steep wooded hillsides.

A cluster of trout lillies.  Note the shiny, mottled  appearance
of the leaves.

The flower of twinleaf somewhat resembles that of bloodroot
but there are distinct differences in the leaves.  Twinleaf
leaves have two adjacent lobes per stalk with smooth margins.
Also I have found that twinleaf seams to prefer cooler shady
wooded slopes while bloodroot prefers sunny well exposed


  1. Bloodroot, one of my favorites and a definite stunner.thanks for the eastern report!

  2. Hey, the folks at Captina Preserve are hosting a wildflower walk Saturday May 7 at noon. Bring a sack lunch and email for directions.

  3. Wow, you guys are considerably behind for only being a bit further north than Athens County. The 3 plants you focused on have all been out of bloom and into seed for going on a few weeks now.