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Weekly Puzzler Answer #107

iris-0711 The lovely flower from last week’s puzzler is a dwarf crested iris, Isis cristata. In western North Carolina, it is blooming right now and you can see it at lower elevations in the Smokies. It is found mostly on open slopes, growing 4-6 inches tall. As you can see from the photos below, the color is variable, from a light purple to a rich blue.

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Have you seen it? What is your favorite wildflower?

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Weekly Puzzler Answer #106

Did you know the identity of these leaves for last week’s puzzler?

se-4111 If you said Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) you are correct! Have you seen this? Know what the flower look like? Here is a photo–the flowers are white with yellow stamens. It is in the Poppy family and grows in moist, deciduous woods up to 3,000 feet. The root contains an orange-red sap, hence the name of this plant–Bloodroot.

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Weekly Puzzler #107: Shades of Purple

Do you have a favorite color? For years my favorite color has been purple. I admit to loving every shade of this delightful color! So it should come as no surprise that this next flower is one of my favorites. It is one of our lovely spring ephemerals–I have seen giant areas in the forest covered in this. Do you know it? If you want to guess, use the comment box below for a chance to win the next prize, to be given away on the first day of summer–June 21st.

Can you name this lovely flower?

Can you name this lovely flower?

Check back next weekend to learn if your guess was correct! Until then, have a wonderful weekend!

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Weekly Puzzler #106: Unusual-Shaped Leaf

If you’ve been out in the woods lately, especially if you live more south than north, you’ve probably seen this leaf, and maybe even the flower that goes with it. Can you identify it? It’s this week’s puzzler!

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Don’t forget to use the comment box below to write your guess. All the correct answers will be entered in a drawing for a prize to be given away on the first day of summer. Check back next weekend to see if your guess was correct.

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Weekly Puzzler Answer #105

trillium-3888Did you know all of those species of Trillium? Here are the answers!

Trillium #1: Painted Trillium (T. undulatum)

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Trillium #2: Large-flowered Trillium (T. grandiflorum)

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Trillium #3: Toad Trillium or Toadshade (T. sessile)

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Trillium #4: Yellow Trillium (T. luteum)

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Trillium #5: Purple Wakerobin (T. erectum)

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The last one, Trillium erectum is the red version of White Erect Trillium, which looks like this:

White Erect Trillium

White Erect Trillium

It is different from our other white trilliums because it has a dark center.  

A close-up of Purple Wakerobin

A close-up of Purple Wakerobin

This lovely flower blooms in May and early June and has a slightly unpleasant odor, which has given it a few unsavory common names–such as Stinking Willie or Stinking Benjamin. (Who knows how they choose those poor boy’s names!)

Another trillium that is RED is Vasey’s Trillium (T. vaseyi) But you can tell the two apart because for Vasey’s Trillium, the flower is BELOW the 3 leaves, not above it as in the Purple Wakerobin. Here is a photo of Vasey’s Trillium, but it is misleading because I have held the flower flat for the photo:

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Which one is YOUR favorite? Have a great weekend! Check out the next puzzler HERE.

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Weekly Puzzler Answer #104

se-6964Did you know this wildflower? It has several common names though the best one is Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) Other names include: Adder’s tongue and fawn lily. If you look at the speckled leaves, you can see why it got its common name as they resemble the specks on speckled trout in mountain streams. Trout lilies are in the lily family and grow 6-8 inches tall. Have you seen it? It is a great one to look for and a good excuse to get outside and enjoy the woods! Happy weekend!

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Weekly Puzzler #105: Name That Trillium!

If you know anything at all about spring wildflowers, you’ve probably heard of Trillium. These flowers, as their name suggests, have 3 leaves and 3 petals in their flowers. They are common in many places and really spectacular when the entire hillsides are covered in various species of trillium. Have you seen this?

Let’s see if you know your Trilliums! Here are 5 different species. Can you identify them all?

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Trillium #1

 

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Trillium #2

 

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Trillium #3

 

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Trillium #4

 

Trillium #5

Trillium #5

Check back next weekend to learn the correct answers. And don’t forget to use the comment box below to enter your guess–this week is admittedly a hard one, with 5 different ones to know so I will enter your name for any you get right–so up to 5 times! All the correct answers will be entered in a drawing to win a free prize on the first day of summer.

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