What's blooming on the nature trail - Late April, 2006
   
Check out the map of the trail here

 

Still Blooming

Spring Beauty
Cut-leaf Toothwort
Dutchman's Breeches

New Bloomers

Trillium
Rue Anemone
Blue Phlox

Fern Fiddleheads

 

Large Flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) - This species of trillium is not actually present on our nature trail, but it puts on a magnificent display on the nearby Roaring Run Trail.  Thousands of these large white flowered plants cover the hillsides along Roaring Run.  They are in their full glory this year in this third week of April.  This is a sight not to miss!

Large flowered trillium on Roaring Run Trail

Rue anemone Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides) - This delicate plant could be mistaken for Spring Beauty as you are striding along the path.  While the flowers are similar in shape and size, the leaves however are very different. 

On the nature trail, only a few specimens are visible along the Wildflower Trail (on the right, about 3/4 of the way up from the stream). 

Another name for rue anemone is 'windflower'.  The white 'petals' are actually sepals and may number anywhere from 5 - 10.  Fairly common in rich Pennsylvania woods, you will see this plant elsewhere if you look carefully.

Blue phlox

Blue Phlox (Phlox diverticulata) - Another common wildflower which you will encounter on most walks in the western Pennsylvania woods.  Sorry to say I have not seen this on our nature trail, but you are sure to encounter this on most other walks in the woods.

Fiddleheads - The newly
emerging fronds of most ferns
assume this curled aspect.  As
they continue to grow, they uncoil.

The fiddleheads of one type of fern, the ostrich fern, are harvested and widely eaten (they taste like asparagus), however the fiddleheads of other ferns are poisonous!  Don't harvest or eat unless you are SURE of the species identification.