Second part: Trout Lilies

Several of you have told me you couldn’t read the inscription on the house yesterday. It read “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” The quote is attributed to Jimi Hendrix.

So now we continue yesterday’s driving tour starting with the Becker Prairie.

Shooting Star rosettes are making their appearance!

Short Trout Lily (Erythronium mesochoreum)!

Low Milk-vetch (Astragalus lotiflorus)!


A Trout Lily (Erythronium mesochoreum) not fully open yet. The Becker Prairie has never been plowed, but the owners do hay it.

White Ten-petal anemone (Anemone belandieri) is just as pretty as the purple ones!
Love the color on this Ten-petal anemone (Anemone belandieri)!
This Prairie Groundsel (Packera plattensis) will be popping out very soon!

Prairie Groundsel (Packera plattensis) buds that are not as far along. So pretty, even before you get to the open flower!
Leaving the very special Becker Prairie.
Another spot along the side of road, where we discovered Trout Lilies in a previous year follows.
These Trout Lilies seem to be different in that were growing closer together. 

This is their bulb. It might be possible that they are the Trout Lily (Erythronium albidum); the ones that form colonies.  I could not find any runners but they seemed much more crowded than the ones I normally find in Wise and Cooke Counties. Shirley always told me that everything south were the E. albidum. But according North Central Texas flora, the runners are only on the sterile ones. I did not want to dig a bunch of them. The chromosome number is different from the Trout Lily (Erythronium mesochoreum) which is what we have up here. I have never been down to see the E. albidum. I need to put it on my to-do-list.

Mud wasp species’ house on Greenbriar.
Interesting yard found on our driving tour!

And this is the end of the driving tour for Trout Lilies. 
Also of note today, I saw my first of the season Johnny-jump-up (Viola bicolor)!

Keep looking!


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