Spring is definitely here

We now have Oconee Bells (Shortia galacifolia), Trout Lily (Erythronium umbilicatum), and Hepatica flowering in the Woodland Wildflower Garden at the South Carolina Botanical Garden (where I work). Wow.

It's early for the Oconee Bells and Erythronium, but on time for the Hepatica americana, which is usually the first native spring emphemeral to flower in our rich cove forest communities.

At the Garden, these were transplanted as rescued plants many years ago.

They've struggled in the hot, exceptionally dry summers that we've had in the last decade, as we don't have an source of water there, except for proximity to the stream.

They're a wonderful reminder to get out and look for spring wildflowers in our natural areas, state parks, and reserves.


  1. The sedum bed you've pictured is beautiful.

  2. Thanks! It's been an amazingly successful bed, and looks interesting even in winter...


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