Appalachia’s spring wildflower onslaught will exhaust itself by mid-May, when the canopy closes in on itself and the amount of light reaching the forest floor is significantly reduced. The early bloomers are long gone, while the May arrivals are currently making the most of the final weeks of full sunlight.
From Top to Right:
Jeffersonia (a.k.a. twinleaf); Jack-in-the-pulpit; wild geranium; woodland stonecrop; large toothwort; Virginia waterleaf; Canada violet; dwarf crested iris; and trout lily.