"'Spring ephemeral' describes a life habit of perennial woodland wildflowers which develop aerial parts (i.e. stems, leaves, and flowers) of the plant early each spring and then quickly bloom, and produce seed. The leaves often wither leaving only underground structures (i.e. roots, rhizomes, and bulbs) for the remainder of the year. This strategy is very common in herbaceous communities of deciduous forests as it allows small herbaceous plants to take advantage of the high levels of sunlight reaching the forest floor prior to formation of a canopy by woody plants. Examples include: spring beauties, trilliums, and harbinger of spring. "
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Here is a list of Spring Ephemerals. WHAT A WONDERFUL TIME OF YEAR.
- Claytonia sp. (spring beauty)
- Dicentra canadensis (squirrel corn)
- Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman's breeches)
- Dicentra eximia (turkey corn)
- Eranthis (winter aconite)
- Erigenia bulbosa (harbinger of spring)
- Erythronium americanum (yellow trout lily)
- Hepatica nobilis
- Houstonia caerulea (azure bluet)
- Iris cristata (dwarf crested iris)
- Jeffersonia diphylla (twinleaf)
- Lamprocapnos spectabilis (formerly Dicentra spectabilis, bleeding heart)
- Mertensia virginica (Virginia bluebells)
- Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)
- Stylophorum diphyllum (celandine poppy, wood poppy)
- Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)
- Tiarella cordifolia (foamflower)