Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers
We love being in the woods during each season, but forests in the spring are magical! A month before most trees leaf out, the beautiful Spring ephemeral wildflowers make their fleeting return. There is no better way to be reminded that the world is coming out of winter dormancy than to be greeted by these lovely blooms that grace our forest floors each Spring.
Local ecologist, Henry Schumacher, was going to lead a Wildflower Walk for us this Spring. Due to Covid-19, we had to cancel. Please enjoy these videos about wildflower ecology and wildflower resources. Explore our local wooded areas, known for their Spring wildflower display.
How well do you know your wildflowers?
Learn more about these Spring Wildflowers
Find these fleeting flowers on your own
The word “ephemeral” means transitory or quickly fading. These spring plants pop up early to take advantage of the sunlight that penetrates through the bare branches of the deciduous forest. Soon, the trees will leaf out and our Spring ephemeral wildflowers will quickly set seed before returning to dormancy. In Western PA, our bloom occurs during the last two weeks of April. Listed below are some favorite places to find these small, dainty flowers. Remember to practice the Leave No Trace Principles any time you are in nature. Please never pick wildflowers. The early insects need the flowers to live and picking them does a disservice to us all. Yes, they’re beautiful, but take a picture. It’ll last longer, and the flower will fulfill its essential role in the early spring ecosystem, helping ensure the food supply for all of us.