Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Erigenia bulbosa, Harbinger of Spring!

Today in a mesic forest dominated by beech and sugar maple, Harbinger-of-Spring was flowering here and there. None of the plants I saw had risked unfurling their leaves yet.
Photographed at Potato Creek State Park in St. Joseph County, Indiana, on March 6, 2012.

4 comments:

Steve said...

You beat me by one day! I saw a bunch of Erigenia bulbosa on the Lower Big Tree Trail at Bendix Woods this afternoon. Spring has sprung!

Keith said...

Lower Big Tree Trail... one of my favorite places! Yes, Spring at last!!

Pete said...

I've never seen this species. Is there a place in Porter or LaPorte Counties where I might find it in bloom this coming weekend?

Keith said...

Hi Pete, this plant seems to increase as one moves east away from the dunes. It is especially at home in beech-maple woods, so the Heron Rookery, CR 700E, Potato Creek, and Bendix Woods are all good places to find it.