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.

Eastern Red Cedar

Cedars are a native invasive: a native species that can rapidly overtake an open patch of ground and form a dense monoculture. They did this here after prior attempts at farming were abandoned in the mid-1900s. We’ve spent many winters removing cedars to replant more diversity. Fortunately, we’ve found uses for essentially all parts of a cedar tree.

bio_cedar_berriesCedar berries on a female tree.

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Male cedar tree releasing pollen in spring.

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