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Rushes - Photo (c) John Tann, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Rushes Info
Juncus is a genus of monocotyledonous flowering plants, commonly known as rushes. It is the largest genus in the family Juncaceae, containing around 300 species. (From Wikipedia)
currant - Photo (c) Joshua, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
currant Info
Ribes /ˈraɪbiːz/ is a genus of about 150 species of flowering plants native throughout the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It is usually treated as the only genus in the family Grossulariaceae. Seven subgenera are recognized. (From Wikipedia)
Downy Yellow Violet - Photo (c) Joshua Mayer, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Downy Yellow Violet Info
Viola pubescens, often called Downy yellow violet, is a plants species of the genus Viola. It is found in dry mixed and deciduous woodland areas of the United States and Canada; from Minnesota and Ontario to Nova Scotia, South to Virginia. It grows 6 to 10 inches tall and is a stemmed viola with stems that have leaves, it blooms from April through May. (From Wikipedia)
prairie trillium - Photo (c) Eric Hunt, all rights reserved C
prairie trillium Info
Trillium recurvatum, the Bloody butcher or Prairie trillium, is a member of the Melanthiaceae family. It occurs in parts of the central and eastern United States from Iowa south to Texas and east to North Carolina and Pennsylvania, usually mesic deciduous forest, including tallgrass prairie savannah. Trees which frequently shade this trillium include oak, maple, ash and hickory. (From Wikipedia)
Cutleaf Toothwort - Photo (c) Jason Sturner, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Cutleaf Toothwort Info
The Cutleaf Toothwort, Crow's Toes, Pepper Root, Purple-flowered Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata) is a flowering plant in Brassicaceae. It owes its name to the tooth-like appearance of its rhizome. It is a perennial plant woodland wildflower native to eastern North America. It is considered a spring ephemeral and blooms in March, April, and/or May. (From Wikipedia)
Dutchman's Breeches - Photo (c) Wayne Dumbleton, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Dutchman's Breeches Info
Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman's breeches) is a perennial herbaceous plant, native to rich woods of eastern North America, with a disjunct population in the Columbia River Basin. (From Wikipedia)
Virginia spring beauty - Photo (c) Lisa Brown, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Virginia spring beauty Info
Claytonia virginica (L.), the Eastern spring beauty, Virginia spring beauty, or fairy spud, is an herbaceous perennial in the family Portulacaceae. Its native range is Eastern North America. Its scientific name honors Colonial Virginia botanist John Clayton (1694–1773). (From Wikipedia)
large-flower bellwort - Photo (c) JanetandPhil, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
large-flower bellwort Info
Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort or merrybells) is a species of flowering plant in the family Colchicaceae, native to eastern North America. (From Wikipedia)
small white fawnlily - Photo (c) Anita, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
small white fawnlily Info
Erythronium albidum (White Fawnlily or White Trout Lily) is a small herbaceous flowering plant in the Liliaceae, native to eastern North America, from southern Quebec and southern Manitoba south to Georgia and Texas. (From Wikipedia)
Virginia Bluebells - Photo (c) Bob Gutowski, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Virginia Bluebells Info
Mertensia virginica (common names Virginia bluebell, Virginia cowslip, lungwort oysterleaf, Roanoke bells) is a species of flowering plant in the family Boraginaceae, native to moist woodland in eastern North America. It is a spring ephemeral plant with bell-shaped sky-blue flowers opening from pink buds. The leaves are rounded and gray-green, borne on stems up to 60 cm (24 in) tall. They are petiolate at the bottom of the flower stem and sessile at the top. (From Wikipedia)
Blue Phlox - Photo (c) Janet, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Blue Phlox Info
Phlox divaricata (wild blue phlox, woodland phlox,  wild sweet william) is a species of flowering plant in the family Polemoniaceae, native to forests and fields in eastern North America. It is a semi-evergreen perennial growing 25–50 cm (10–20 in) tall with opposite, unstalked, hairy leaves 2.5–5 cm in length and ovate-lanceolate in shape. Flowers appear in early summer and are 2–4 cm in diameter, with five petals fused at the base into a thin tube. (From Wikipedia)
woolly blue violet - Photo (c) Joshua Mayer, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
woolly blue violet Info
Viola sororia, known commonly as the Common Blue Violet, is a stemless herbaceous perennial plant that is native to eastern North America. It is known by a number of common names including; Common Meadow Violet, Purple Violet, Woolly Blue Violet, Hooded Violet and Wood Violet. (From Wikipedia)
false rue anemone - Photo (c) Erin Faulkner, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
false rue anemone Info
Enemion biternatum (also Isopyrum biternatum), commonly known as the False Rue-anemone, is a spring ephemeral native to moist deciduous woodland in the eastern United States and extreme southern Ontario. (From Wikipedia)
eastern skunk cabbage - Photo (c) James Ellison, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
eastern skunk cabbage Info
Eastern Skunk Cabbage, Clumpfoot Cabbage, Foetid Pothos, Meadow Cabbage, Polecat Weed, Skunk Cabbage, or Swamp Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus), commonly known as simply Skunk Cabbage, is a low growing, foul smelling plant that prefers wetlands. Native to eastern North America, it ranges from Nova Scotia and southern Quebec west to Minnesota, and south to North Carolina and Tennessee. It is protected as endangered in Tennessee. (From Wikipedia)
Pink Alumroot - Photo (c) Stan Shebs, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Pink Alumroot Info
Heuchera rubescens, with common name is pink alumroot, is a species of Heuchera. (From Wikipedia)