Lots of our spring ephemerals rely on ants to disperse their seeds, including violets, trout lily
, blood root, Trillium, wild ginger, and Dutchman's breeches.
Erythronium 'Joanna', trout lily
, above, and Anemone nemorosa 'Vestal', left
Locally farmed Sunburst Trout is a particularly ubiquitous example: it's available at Earth Fare, French Broad Food Co-op, Greenlife Grocery, Hendersonville Community Co-op, Ingles, Poppies, Trout Lily
Market and beyond.
I love to dazzle them with benches of lush hostas, astilbe alive with their feathery blooms, ligularia towering overhead, vincas, violets, bearberry, cliffgreen, trout lily
and of course lady's slipper.
For example, the common trout lily
of northeastern forests does this, as do some begonias.
The American name is trout lily
and refers to the juicy leaves of fresh green subtly marbled with chestnut, a perfect foil for the cool lemon flowers.
"The Silver Dome, the casinos, the tunnels and the bridges." But on his acreage you can be just an instant from trillium, twin leaf, and trout lily
. You can see red fox and blue heron, snapping turtles and cedar waxwings.
[Katy] picked a hyacinth, a hydrangea, a chrysanthemum, an African violet, a lily of the valley, a trout lily
, a bleeding heart, a jack-in-the-pulpit, and an Asiatic lily.
Flowers Trees hyacinth hemlock hydrangea red bud chrysanthemum red maple African violet tulip lily of the valley sweet gum trout lily
honeylocust bleeding heart ginkgo jack-in-the-pulpit paper birch Asiatic lily flowering dogwood
The American trout lily
(Erythronium revolutum) will grow to nearly twice the height and has reflexed petals on the mottled flowers.
Some of the most beautiful wildflowers of the year - trout lily
, marsh marigold, gay wings, star flower, wood anemone and blood root - are beginning their brief but spectacular appearance.