You read that right, today we'll be spotlighting four different flowers! The flowers have been blooming so fast I can hardly keep up, so here we go four at a time!
Houstonia caerulea L.Azure bluet, Quaker ladies, BluetsThese tiny four-lobed flowers with bright yellow centers hang delicately on thread like stems. Growing in small tufts they can be found in most deciduous woods, moist meadows, and clearings blooming from April - July.
Ranunculus abortivus L.Early wood buttercup, Kidney-leaf buttercup, Littleleaf buttercupWith its small petals, this species does not look much like a buttercup, but its many separate stamens and pistils are typical of the genus. The species name refers to the reduced petals.
POISONOUS PARTS: All parts. Low toxicity if eaten. Minor skin irritation lasting minutes if touched. Symptoms include burning of the mouth, abdominal pain, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. Skin redness, burning sensation, and blisters following contact with cell sap.
These tiny flowers (about 1/4inch diameter) are of the Pink Family (Caryophyllaceae). The mouse-eared chickweed tends to have fuzzier leaves than the common chickweed. Each has five deeply cleft petals giving the illusion of being 10-petaled. The leaves can be boiled and eaten as greens.
A low growing many branched plant with flowers of less than 1/5 inch in bright blue.
This plant gets its name for the rate at which it grows and spreads. Speedwell is common in fields, pastures, cultivated ground and other waste areas. Blooming from March- August.
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Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who spends her time exploring and learning about the unique history and nature in North East Ohio. She lives with her husband and cat in Wooster where she is also a family portrait and nature photographer as well as grows and cans her own vegetables. When she's not doing that, yoga and embroidery (not at the same time) are other things she enjoys.