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Ephemerals Return Each Spring With The Perfect Timing


Last updated 4/12/2021 at 2:45pm

Trout Lily in bloom along the Eastatoe Trail. (Photos Courtesy Torry Nergart)

Ephemeral: of being transitory, only lasting a certain short while.

By the time these words reach you, it may have come and gone already, or perhaps luckily, it may be right at peak. I'm referring to the annual display of Spring ephemeral wildflowers, the harbinger of the New Year and sign that Winter is releasing its cold grip on western North Carolina.

Though we are still subject to the odd and late Winter storm, these plants are growing, flowering, setting seed, then... vanishing! Well, to our eyes at least.

To be considered a true Spring ephemeral plant, the majority of the life c...

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