Flora and Fauna:
Go on a nature hike with me, in the Maryland
Lesser celandine (ranunculus ficaria)
Even before winter is quite spent this cheery little yellow flower blooms
in the woods near my house. With its star like blossoms and glossy foliage
it makes a beautiful display. But be aware,this flower is very hardy and
considered invasive in Maryland.
It is not a native plant.The greatest impact of lesser celandine is on native
spring-flowering plants. It emerges in advance of most native spring species,
giving it a great competitive advantage.
Once established, it spreads rapidly across the forest floor to form a blanket
of leaves which native species are unable to penetrate. It was introduced
to the United States as a ornamental plant and its benifits as a herb. It
is distributed throughout Europe, Asia and North Africa.
Click here for
a poem written about this beautiful wild flower by William Wordsworth.
Beautiful wild flowers growing in the woods near my house.
Spring Beauty ( claytonia virginica)
A native to the U.S ,this little wildflower is an early spring bloomer.
It can bloom from Feb -May . It has pale pink flowers,
the petals are pale pink with darker pink veins. It is a showy delicate
flower and blooms for a long time. It is so pretty in a naturalized
This little beauty is listed as endangered in Massachuchusetts
and New Jersey and is protected in Rhode Island.
Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum)
Lily Family (liliaceae) Bloom: Early Spring
Propagation: Seed, Offsets
Habitat: rich woodlands and meadows. Native Perennial
Aka: Adder's Tongue, Dog-tooth Violet
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