|Winter leaves of Cranefly Orchid|
|Dried seed pod of Cranefly Orchid|
|Cranefly Orchid (Tipularia discolor)|
I'm glad I caught the Bloodroots when I did. They've been in bloom for about a week now, and their flowering appears to be nearing its end for the year. Though they're adapted for the rigors of early blooming, this family lives next to a nearby creek and I expect the cold (18ºF) was a little rough on them. Seeing Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) in bloom is not easy around here. They live only in scattered populations, and they bloom only for a week or two. You have to know when and where to look, otherwise you'll miss their fragile white blooms. If you're lucky enough to find a population of Bloodroot, you should note when and where so you can visit again next year.
|Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)|
|Fading Bloodroot bloom against its distinctive leaf|
|Spent Bloodroot leaf, perhaps hurried along by 18º weather|