Early Bloomers, Spring 2011

This first set were blooming the last week of February in White County, AR.  All photos taken by and © Ron Doran.  These pre-vernals let you know that spring is just a few weeks away.  See also a slideshow of these photos.

Spring Beauty..  Claytonia virginica.

Spring Beauty.. Claytonia virginica.

Some of these bloomed all winter long this year. 

Dead Nettle.. Lamium purpureum.
Dead Nettle.. Lamium purpureum.

The square stem, opposite leaves, and bilabiate flowers lets you know that these are in the mint family along with Henbit.

Henbit.. Lamium amplexicaule

Henbit.. Lamium amplexicaule

Buttercup.. Ranunculus sp.
Buttercup.. Ranunculus sp.

Most of this beauties neighbors just had 5 petals.

White Bluets .. Hedyotis australis
White Bluets .. Hedyotis australis
Bluets .. Hedyotis crassifolia
Bluets .. Hedyotis crassifolia

These were blooming March 7, 2000 on a river bank near Searcy, AR

Bloodroot .. Sanguinaria canadensis
Bloodroot .. Sanguinaria canadensis

These beauties don’t last long but they are an awesome site whether alone or in a colony.

Pale Corydalis .. Corydalis flavula
Pale Corydalis .. Corydalis flavula
Palmer's Saxifrage .. Saxifrage palmeri
Palmer’s Saxifrage .. Saxifrage palmeri

It’s really amazing how these can thrive in just about any  tiny rock crevice.

Toothwort ..  Dentaria laciniata
Toothwort .. Dentaria laciniata
Dutchman's Breeches .. Dicentra cucullaria
Dutchman’s Breeches .. Dicentra cucullaria

Unusual to say the least.  Could the shape be related to the pollinators?

All photos © 2000…Ron Doran

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