April 19, 2010

Prairie Wildflowers

Two new discoveries for me while visiting my daughter at college in Richmond, IN...toadshade or sessile trillium and prairie trout lilies.  Redbud's are blushing along the woodland edges. Virginia bluebells,spring beauties, and violets carpet the open woodlands, and lilacs are already blooming.

Prairie Trout Lily (Erythronium mesochoreum) top,  Toadshade (Trillium sessile) bottom


  1. There are whipporwill trillium blooming at Garden in The Woods in Framingham right now. They look just like the toadshade, but the mottling on the large leaves has greater contrast. toadshade is a great name. This is a seriously gothy plant.

  2. Thanks for the tip, Trillium cuneatum I presume! I used to work at the GW, about 210 moons ago, but haven't been down to see the earliest spring bloomers in a while.

    For those readers who don't know, Garden in the Woods offers an unrivaled collection of native NA wildflowers. A great place to learn, compare, and commune.