Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Bloodroot, Hepatica, and Prairie Smoke Blooming
Compare this picture with the previous post where the leaf is wrapped tightly around the unopened flower.
In the picture below some of the leaves still look a bit tentative, but not the flowers. They know bright warm sun when they see it and feel it. The third picture shows them pointed right at the sun, soaking up all the warmth.
Prairie Smoke flowers have only a small opening for pollinators, forcing them to crawl inside for the nector waiting as in the picture below.
The flower will eventually open up as the seeds extend out in a few weeks giving it the "smoky" look that it's name comes from.