|Coarse foliage of Virginia waterleaf is spotted with white. |
Its blooming period is a little later in May.
|It's difficult to tell Dutchman's breeches and Squirrel corn (Dicentra cucullaria and D. canadense)|
apart when not in bloom. Here, side-by-side, you can see that Squirrel corm has a blue-green cast.
|These blue cohosh were not in bloom yet, but the layered foliage of this mass|
created the effect of a green mist coming down the hillside.
|Up on a limestone cliff we saw this lyre-leaf arabis (Arabis lyrata) and|
wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) on a rock outcrop.
These two species are well adapted to growing in thin soiled habitats.
|Shooting star is a species found in rich calcareous soils |
prevalent in this area along the Potomac.
Many Virginia bluebells were in bloom at this time throughout the region.
Mixed in here are some of the rarer white ones.
|In some places the floor of shady woods were covered with the white flowers of meadow rue. |
It was formally of the genus Anemonella.
|There were two kinds of trillium in bloom at this time. The red trillium (T. erectum),|
shown here, and toadshade (T. sessile).
|When I think of violets, shades of blue and purple come to mind. |
This downy yellow violet, though common, really caught my eye.