Some of my fellow bloggers have already highlighted wildflowers they have come across, which is great. Allow me to share some of the things I've encountered in various woodland settings over the past few days.
One of the earliest species is the Hepatica, either Sharp-lobed or Round-lobed. The difference is in the subtle shape of the tips of their leaves, which often are not all that visible when the first flowers appear. The flowers can be quite white....
|Lots of Cut-leaved Toothwort|
|Giant Blue Cohosh|
|Purple Spring Cress|
Dutchman's Breeches is often fairly abundant, and easily identified by the spray of white flowers resembling pants hung upside down.
Spring Beauty is just that...a very attractive pinkish flower with darker purple lines.
An undesirable wildflower just beginning to appear is Garlic Mustard. It is highly invasive, and produces massive amounts of seed. The seed can be transferred from one location to another on the mud of one's boots, so be careful when you are tramping around an area with this species!
Spring flowers are not limited to herbaceous plants. Spicebush, a very common shrub in southern Ontario's wet woods, is in flower before the leaves appear.