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.
Some of these bloomed all winter long this year.
The square stem, opposite leaves, and bilabiate flowers lets you know that these are in the mint family along with Henbit.
Most of this beauties neighbors just had 5 petals.
These were blooming March 7, 2000 on a river bank near Searcy, AR
These beauties don’t last long but they are an awesome site whether alone or in a colony.
It’s really amazing how these can thrive in just about any tiny rock crevice.
Unusual to say the least. Could the shape be related to the pollinators?
All photos © 2000…Ron Doran