Monday, May 16, 2011

Trout Lily

A Trout Lily. This small, yellow, light-loving flower is one of the first wildflowers to come up in spring. It has a very short growing season, about two weeks, and while the leaves continue around for a bit longer, the flowers crumple up once the surrounding vegetation has its spring boom. The leaves have patterns of pale green and dark purple splotches which fade with age. I was pleasantly surprised when I sniffed it: most wildflowers have no smell, but this one smells like honeyed green tea!

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