One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Lesser celandine, Ranunculus ficaria
Isn't it pretty? This is an "enthusiastic" non-native that rampantly colonizes bottomland sites. Like so many of our early spring wildflowers, it is a "spring ephemeral". That means it's genetically programmed to flower, set seed, and then go dormant. Unfortunately it outgrows the natives that used to occupy this site. On the radio today, I overheard discussions as to who was going to dispatch this colony and when, so I drove over to get a look. It is beautiful even if it does have to go.