Wildflower Wednesday — Trout-lily



Photo credit, C Gracie.
Another spring ephemeral, trout-lily, has flowers composed of three sepals and three petals that are almost identical in appearance that are referred to as tepals. The flowers close at night and on overcast days when pollinators are not active, and thus protect their pollen from being dissipated by rain or wind.

Trout-lilies have leaves that are speckled like a trout and bloom during trout fishing season, possible reasons for their common name. They usually grow in large colonies, with few of them in flower in a given year.

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by Carol Gracie

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