Scattered among them are clumps of Dutchman's breeches
, which resemble tiny pantaloons hung out to dry, and twinleaf, rare in upland sites but common in the floodplain.
Until I heard the names in my own voice I never saw them whole: chickweed, toothwort, May apple, Dutchman's breeches
, Indian pipe A list was my father's way of witnessing; it made a flower real.
Over at the moist edge of our woods, there's snowy-bloomed bloodroot; on the opposite side, white-winged Dutchman's breeches
Names of plants and ferns flow off his tongue with ease: Columbine, bloodroot, Dutchman's breeches
, hepatica, rue anemone, nodding trillium, maidenhair spleenwort and rattlesnake fern.
Mayapples bloomed earlier on the burn than in any other nearby area, and Dutchman's breeches
and bloodroot were unquestionably healthy.
Calla Lily Lily of the Valley Wild Ginger May Apple Jack in the Pulpit Bloodroot Spring Beauty Dutchman's Breeches
Grape Hyacinth Pepper Root Jacob's Bleeding Heart Iris Lupine Primrose Solomon's Seal Toad Trillium Pansy Pussy-Toes Columbine Coralbells Oriental Poppy Shooting Star Lavender Peony Ladder Buttercup Coreopsis Dianthus Dead Nettle Armeria
If you want to establish a good stand of bloodroot, Dutchman's breeches
, and many other woodland wildflowers, don't rake your leaves," says David Kopitzke, a botanist in southwestern Wisconsin and founder of the little Valley Farm, which specializes in propagating and selling native plants to homeowners.