Unseasonably warm and dry weather, coupled with the leaf-out of woody plants, means the spectacular bloom of the early spring wildflowers will soon be a memory. While it’s still fresh in my mind, I must cover one of my favorite spring “ephemerals”: Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis).
Bloodroot is a delicate but showy wildflower found growing on rich woodland sites. A single white flower, its stalk partially enveloped by a single, deeply lobed leaf, is distinctive. A broken stalk “bleeds” orange-red, hence the name. Regarding the term “ephemeral: the day after these photos were taken the bloom had deteriorated significantly.