Spring Wildflowers

Harbinger-of-spring (Erigenia bulbosa)

An early bloomer found often as early as February, but may be seen through May; found in woods growing to about 4-9 inches.  It is a tiny member of the Carrot (Apiaceae) family, growing from a round tuber.  Leaves 1 or 2, divided into narrow- oval or lobed segments.  There are leafy bracts at the base of small, few-rayed umbels.  It is also commonly called "salt and pepper" due to the tiny white flowers with prominent, red-brown anthers.

To learn more about Harbinger-of-spring, visit its profile at the USDA Plants Database