More Prairie Trout Lily photos from the woods.
These delightful harbingers of spring bloom earlier than the White Trout Lily, E. albidum and the Yellow Dog-tooth Violet, E. americanum. Native American women used the leaves for preventing pregnancy and they also were thought to have antibacterial properties.
This was the view from our southwest deck on the second day of Spring. Snow dissolves more nitrogen from the air, so it always gives plants a little added growth boost, especially this late and so much of it!
Neither the blooming apricot, nor the daffodils seemed to be too affected by the snow because the temperatures weren’t extreme. The hellebores just came right up through the snow too.
I hope Mother Nature is ready for us to have a really beautiful Spring, now, after her parting shot of Winter. Enjoy!
An earlier species of white trout lily is blooming now in our woods. It is called the Prairie Trout Lily, Erythronium mesochoreum. Since our property is set up to be developed soon, these lilies will be moved to three area prairies by Joe Woolbright and other volunteers. These little beauties have a clever way to disperse their seeds, through myrmecochory, that is, ants are attracted to tasty bumps on the seeds, so the ants carry them to their underground passages. The seeds remain behind to develop into new plants, having been dispersed by the ants.
Lilies also have contractile roots that allow them to adjust their level in the soil until they are at the perfect level for growing. Pretty smart little flowers, huh?