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Spring Ephemerals and Elaiosomes

Spring Ephemerals and ElaiosomesWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis, Papaveraceae) Spring ephemerals are perennial wildflowers that take advantage of the early spring sunlight reaching the forest floor. When the temperatures begin to rise in early spring these wildflowers grow quickly, flowering, setting seed, and dying back to their root system when the [...]

Purple Dead Nettle

Purple Dead Nettle (Lamium purpureum)Written and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor - Yesterday we had a wild greens salad with dead nettles as one of the primary ingredients, thanks to one of my enterprising apprentices. Dead nettles  (Lamium purpureum, Lamiaceae) is one of the first plants to flower in the southeast; sometimes even in January. Native [...]