The folks at Gardens Gone Wild have come up with a friendly photo contest called Picture This. They propose that people should post their favorite pictures illustrating a native plant. Any photo of any native plant, either a close up or in the landscape, that you think merits attention will qualify. This time of year our little collection of Bloodroot comes to mind. Left alone they will form a nice colony that spreads slowly year by year. Be aware that the sap is toxic, but we don’t generally recommend sampling wildflowers as a matter of course.
We planted them side by side with Trout Lillies (Erythronium Americanum). They flower at the same time and make quite a nice introduction to the spring.
We’re in the process of ordering the double flowered Bloodroot which looks to be a spectacular beauty and have been adding to other parts of the yard and woods the various Erythroniums. The hybrid ‘Pagoda’ has prettier foliage and looks to have much more staying power than the americanum species (which pretty much define the word ephemeral).
And for inspiration here’s a shot of the white Erythroniums that I took at Sissinghurst last year.