Friday, April 10, 2009

Spring wildflowers at The Morton Arboretum

With each walk that I take at the Arboretum, I’m seeing signs of some of our early spring wildflowers. Bloodroot, Dutchman’s breeches, toothwort and the aptly named spring beauty will soon be making their appearances on our grounds. As the weather begins to moderate, our woodlands will soon be in full bloom with a number of our spring ephemerals. Interested in learning more about the identification of these plants? Wonder about how to grow these wildflowers in your garden? Charmed by the folklore surrounding these harbingers of spring? Visit the Sterling Morton Library and delve into some of our resources before (or after) a woodland walk:

Bloodroot line drawing from: USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 140.

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