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Spring Ephemerals in your Woodlands
By Elaine Giessel, Park Naturalist





With the arrival of spring comes some of nature’s short- lived flowers. These ephemeral wildflowers’ blooms last for just a week or two. They welcome in spring’s warmer weather and longer days. Storytellers relate how various woodland creatures seek refuge under their tall stems during spring rains.


“Down in the shady woodland where fern-fronds are uncurled, A host of green umbrellas are swiftly now unfurled. Do they shelter fairy people from sudden pelting showers? Or are the leaves but sunshades to shield the waxen flowers?…” –Mandrakes, Minnie Curtis Wait (1901)


Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria);

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