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Native Plant of the Week: Eastern Redbud

By Joseph Mooney Close up of Cercis canadensis flower buds not quite open yet. The flowers are edible. The bark on older eastern redbud trees cracks and peels to reveal a beautiful mottled-purple color palette. This tree, in front of the...

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What’s in Bloom Spring-Summer 2021

In this space we're posting photos of things that are blooming in our natural areas and around the trails at Matthaei-Nichols. The gallery on top represents the current week's blooms. Week of April 12 2021: Week of April 5 2021:

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Native Plant of the Week: Trout Lily

Each week we showcase a plant that's native to the continental United States. This week’s plant is trout lily (Erythronium americanum)—another spring ephemeral and jewel of the forest floor hiding amid the leaf litter.This Lilliputian native...

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Native Plant of the Week: Jack-in-the-pulpit

A Jack-in-the-pulpit flower. Photo by blues bandit. Jack-in-the-pulpit leaves. Photo by Cranbrook Science. Each week we showcase a plant that's native to the continental United States. This week’s plant is Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema...

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Science Saturday: The Tale of the Curious Catkin

By Katie Stannard   Have you seen any cool catkins lately, another sure sign of springtime? Though the dangling blooms on trees and shrubs are intriguing, on closer inspection, you might also notice tiny, magenta red flowers along the bracts, as on this...

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When Does Spring Really Begin?

By Katie Stannard   Though the spring equinox occurred this year at 5:37 a.m. EDT March 20, there are several answers to this question. Let’s spring ahead to explore the details! Did you know that meteorologists consider March 1 as the beginning of...

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Native Plant of the Week: Spring Beauty

A woodland carpet of spring beauty. Spring beauty flowers. Photo: Missouri Botanical Gardens. Spring beauty flowers with the plant's blade-like leaves. Photo: Kyle Chayka, Minnesota Wildflowers. By Joseph Mooney   Each week we showcase a plant...

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