Spring Ephemerals

In early spring, this area is carpeted with wildflowers. Bloodroot’s white blooms coat the level ground while Wild Ginger’s wine-coloured flowers peer out from under heart-shaped leaves on the rocky slopes. Here also, Blue Cohosh’ yellow flowers contrast with its purple unfolding leaves. An ample supply of moisture and nutrients, including calcium from the underlying marble, are the reason for the rich array of wildflowers.

These wildflowers, called spring ephemerals, bloom early to exploit sunlight before tree leaves open and intercept it.  In summer, ants disperse their seeds in return for edilble protein-rich attachments called elaoisomes!