Sure Signs of Spring

My bloodroot has been blooming for the past few days. The plant gets its name from the red sap, which is poisonous. Just this morning I saw a tiny bit of color on the Virginia Bluebells. Both of these spring ephemerals are native to eastern North America.

Photo of bloodroot flower with two buds.
Sanguinary canadensis (Bloodroot).
Photo credit: Bonnie Driggers.
Photo of Virginia bluebell plant just starting to bloom.
Mertensia virginica (Virginia bluebell).
Photo credit: Bonnie Driggers

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Bonnie is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). She is a member of the Botanical Artists of the National Capital Region (BASNCR), Immediate Past President of the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE), and Editor of the BAEE book American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.