Celebrating wildflowers

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I just stumbled upon the US Forest Service’s Celebrating Wildflowers website, and I strongly suggest that you check it out. What a wealth of information! Research on natives and invasives, wildflower viewing areas (none nearby), cultural information, and much more. Click on the “Special Features” tab and then on “Plant of the Week” to explore dozens of interesting plants in depth.

And the current plant of the week is a spring ephemeral that’s common in this area, cut-leaved toothwort (Cardamine concatenata). My husband shot the photo above on a spring walk a couple of years ago. Walk along the river in the Saddle River County Park between Glen Rock and Ridgewood in April and you’ll see these pretty little members of the mustard family by the hundreds, along with trout lilies (shown below), spring beauty, violets, and other early spring flowers. Something to look forward to an we anticipate another snowstorm.

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