Spring Ephemerals Part II

On my birthday last Sunday, me and Alex visited the West Virginia University Core Arboretum and saw the most specimens I’ve ever seen! 

The university acquired the property in 1948. The biology chairman convinced the president to set aside the property. Much of the land is old-growth forest on steep hillside. 

This is a pretty, pawpaw Asimina triloba flower. I’ve never tasted the fruit, but I hear that it varies greatly per tree. It’s actually the largest edible fruit indigenous to the United States. Hopefully, I’ll try one this September.

Sweet cicely (Myrrhis odorata) smells strongly anise. It’s in the same family as anise, the Apiaceae or carrot family.

Much of the arboretum is steep hillsides which makes for some epic displays, like these Delphinium tricorne.

Phlox divaricata and Mertensia Virginica 

We were too late to see the trout lilies in bloom (Erythronium americanum), but just look at how many there are! I’m definitely going to see them next year! 

Lobelia erinus 

Plantus mysterious ???

I found this plant in downtown Morgantown. I’m guessing it’s a creeping phlox.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Let me know if you can identify my mystery plants, or if you know any fun facts about them!


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