Parker Woods wildflowers

About Spring Wildflowers

Some of our most glorious forest wildflowers, such as Virginia Bluebell, Bloodroot, and Shooting Star, are called "spring ephemerals" because the plants disappear after blooming, leaving no trace above ground.

Below ground, however, their roots lie patiently through the summer, fall, and winter, conserving energy, waiting to send shoots bursting forth into the increasing light and warmth of spring, to blossom and begin the whole cycle anew. Their brief life above ground and the delicate appearance of the spring ephemerals belies their resilience. Wildflowers are an apt metaphor for the human spirit, for human life.