What’s Sprouting

Are you already thinking of spring? Some plants kinda of like the winter season. Furthermore they get a head start on some of others in the plant kingdom. Additionally some insects count on their appearance at this time of year.

The Tiny Bluet (Houstonia pusilla) is small. However in numbers they can color a field. However I only found one today. Small bees and bee flies are suspected to be their pollinators. The larvae of the Spotted Thyris (Thyris maculata), feeds on the leaves of bluets; the larvae roll the edges of leaves around themselves.
The Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) is a perennial. Furthermore this species started blooming a couple of weeks ago. It is another small flower that can be spectacular in a patch. However I enjoy them whether they grow all alone or in a thick patch. Another interesting titbit; its tuber is edible with a sweet, chestnut-like flavor.

Another Spring Beauty not fully open.

Fully open!
Some plants are prepping for the fall season like this Nodding Ladies-tresses (Spiranthes cernua).

Here the 2024 leaves are coming up right next to a stalk from 2023 season.
This was the stalk in the photo above.

The Yarrow’s (Achillea millefolium) leaves have been up for awhile too. However you won’t see the flowers until March or later. This plant is welcomed by many of our native insects. Wildflower.org has more information.

So maybe you are now dreaming about spring. However the plants are already taking action!

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