Trout Lily

The spring wildflowers are coming out in abundance- it is their favorite time of year, when the leaves haven’t come far out on the trees to block out the sun, and the temperatures are rising enough for sweet little pollinators to come and help the flowers achieve their sexy goals.

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It is amazing that these small plants spend years putting out one small leaf, and dying back. The leaf photosynthesizes away and the plant stores up the energy that it created, and after many springs it has enough stored sugars to produce two leaves, and then it is ready to create a flower too. That flower might be lucky enough to get pollinated and form a new seed which could produce its own flower in 7 years.

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