Saturday, February 4, 2017

Spring's Harbinger

Today the first wildflower of the year, Harbinger-of-Spring (Erigenia bulbosa), appeared as a tangible reminder that springtime is coming. This tiny, aptly-named wildflower is always the first in our woods. It is also sometimes called Pepper-and-Salt because of the appearance of its flowers. They say its roots are edible, but I've never tried them. I usually see the first flowers about this time of year, but they'll continue blooming throughout early spring.

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