Flowering trees get most of the glory in early spring, but keep your eyes on the ground and you may be rewarded with a sighting of bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), a native spring ephemeral that blooms in April. 🍃 #PeepThatPlant
Spring ephemerals are wildflowers that bloom only during the early spring, before trees have leafed out. Bloodroot gets its name from the dark red sap that comes from its roots, historically used to create red dye. This plant has bright white flowers and a bluegreen palmate leaf that persists after the flowers fade.
You can spot bloodroot and some other early-blooming native wildflowers in any of the Park’s woodlands (the Ramble, the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, and the North Woods) or near Wagner Cove, next to Cherry Hill. But you’ll have to hurry — each individual bloom lasts only a day or two!
📝📷: Senior Zone Gardener Mimi Gunderson #CentralParkBloomWatch
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