Spring Beauty

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A wildflower of early spring, fairly common in the woods and along woodland edges at Chert Hollow Farm.

White Trout Lily

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A wildflower of mid-spring with colonies that are scattered in the woods at Chert Hollow.

Large Bellwort

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A wildflower of mid-spring that is scattered in the woods at Chert Hollow.

Cut-leaved Toothwort

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A spring wildflower that occurs in the woods at Chert Hollow.

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The seedpods are similar in shape to other brassica-family plants, such as collards that we routinely save seed from.

Dutchman’s Breeches

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An early spring wildflower that is moderately common in the woods at Chert Hollow.

Mayapple

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Occurs in patches in the woods at Chert Hollow, especially in relatively moist areas. We’ve seen leaves coming up as early as late March. Although the ripe fruit is reportedly edible, various critters always eat them before we do.

Bloodroot

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A pretty wildflower of early spring. Bloom time ranges from approximately late March to mid-April, depending on weather and soil temperature. Occurs in patches in the wooded stream bottoms at Chert Hollow.

Flowering Dogwood

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We have just a few Flowering Dogwood trees scattered through the Chert Hollow woods, and spring of 2015 was the first time we’ve seen them bloom meaningfully. In fact, we found a couple specimens that we were not previously aware of.

Box Elder

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A tree with opposite compound leaves. The three leaflets superficially resemble poison ivy.

Putty Root

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Putty Root is a type of orchid that is fairly common in the rich soil of our wooded stream bottoms. Unlike most plants that send out leaves in spring and are done with them in the fall, Putty Root sends up its leaves in the fall, and they remain until about the time the plants flower in the spring (May or June, usually when we’re too busy to take a walk in the woods and look for orchid flowers). In November 2014, we found some stalks with seedpods in an especially vigorous group of plants. Opening up a seedpod provides a view of the prolific quantity of tiny seeds.