Saturday, April 21, 2012

On the shoulders of dwarfs

Friday, April 20, was the last nice day of the weekend, so I managed to take the afternoon off to do a little biking on the Mon River trail.  This time, the Dwarf Larkspurs (Delphinium tricorne) were in their prime.

Also known as Spring Larkspur, this native plant is said to be the most frequently seen species of Delphinium east of the Plains states. The ones I was seeing ranged from an almost pure white to a violet blue.   Here's a closeup:

Some of the other plants I saw include:
  • Miterwort (Mitella diphylla)
  • Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
  • Perfoliate Bellwort (Uvularia perfoliata)
  • Cut-Leaved Toothwort (Dentaria laciniata)
  • Canada Violet (Viola canadensis)
I'll try to cover these over the next few days.

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