I decided recently to take a walk in an unfamiliar place and it paid off! If you are tired of browsing through your local park try looking at conservancy or land trust properties. The places I visited were less crowded and garden-like.
Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum). Also called Dogtooth Violet. Six yellow petals curl backward as the flower often nods downward. Leaves are distinctly mottled purplish green lances. Sewickley Heights Boro Park, PA. April, 2016.
Large-flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum). An impressive white flower with three petals–as the name suggests. This trillium has the largest and most conspicuous flower. Sewickley Heights Boro Park, PA, April, 2016.
Yellow Corydalis (Corydalis flavula). Also called fumewort. The small yellow flowers help distinguish between species. Lowries Run area, Allegheny County, PA. April, 2016.
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis). Spring-blooming, the bloodroot is named for a red juice that comes from the underground stem. The flower emerges from the curled leaf and does not last long. Lowries Run area, Allegheny County, PA. April, 2016.
Littleleaf Buttercup (Ranunculus arbortivus) This buttercup has a very tiny atypical flower for its genus. Can be weedy. Lowries Run area, Allegheny County, PA. April, 2016.