Prairie Trout Lilies blooming in our woods

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?

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