Mid-April Update 2014

Date: Saturday, April 19

Weather: Cool and sunny

Near the parking area, several Coltsfoot were seen still emerging, and not quite in bloom. Heal-all (Selfheal) was in bloom with the nearby Ground Ivy blooming slightly. The hidden Wild Ginger showed only its leaves.

In the area surrounding the old water fountain (markers 2, 3, and 4), Cut-leaf Toothwart, Harbinger of Spring, Virginia Bluebells, Dutchman’s Breeches, Squirrel Corn, and both red and White Trillium were in various stages of flowering. The Hepatica, now near the foot bridge, were done flowering at this time. Trout Lilly were beginning to bloom, and many leaves from this plant were seen throughout the area. Waterleaf and May Apple, although present, had not yet flowered. Dutchman’s Breeches and Squirrel Corn were blooming in patches throughout

At the waterfall (markers 6, 7, and 8), Bloodroot can usually be seen, but none was found on this day. Many white and red Trillium could be seen on the hillsides and down into the stream below.

Thanks to Dr. Jack Boylan for his notes on this day.