April's wildflowers: Fleeting bright spots in the spring forest

I've heard them called ephemerals. Indeed, they tend to be small, bright, and short-lived. Aside from providing us with a pop of color in the still-brown landscape, spring ephemerals provide sustenance to early insects such as queen bumblebees. Ephemerals sprout in unlikely places, peaking out from beneath leaf litter, between tree roots, along streamsides, and in vernal pools. Here are some that greeted me from April 20 -22.

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Slow down to see spring's ephemeral flowers

Flowers for the Queen (Bee)

Please see my native plant series to learn which to plant right now and where to find them. 

Spring woodland flowers, April 20 - 22
Trillium grandiflorum
White trillium, Trillium grandiflorum

Spring beauty, Claytonia virginica

Below and to the right, see blood root flowers unfolding in four stages. Blood root, Sanguinaria canadensis, was used by native Americans for dyes, paint and insect repellent according to Audubon Society sources. 

Bloodroot emerging

 Bloodroot unfoldingBloodroot

Bloodroot