Lace up your hiking shoes you’ll find spring ephemeral plants on the south facing slopes and in woodland areas of Justin Trails Resort. Ephemeral plants are marked by short life cycles. Spring ephemerals are perennial plants that emerge quickly in the spring and die back to their underground parts after a short growth and reproduction phase.
In spring hunt for these ephemerals at Justin Trails Resort:
- Wild Geranium
- Solomon’s Seal
- Blood Root
- Trout Lily
Wild columbine (Aquilegia Canadensis) Flowers are 1-2 inches long and have yellow petals with a red spur and red sepals. They appear in late spring, nodding on stems above the leaves. The round end of the spur contains nectar, which is sought by butterflies and hummingbirds.
Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) is a herbaceous flowering plant. The common name “Trout lily” comes from the appearance of its gray-green leaves mottled with brown or gray, which allegedly resemble the coloring of brook trout. It blooms in early spring with nodding one-inch yellow flowers, the petals and petal-like sepals (recurved upward. Each plant sends up a single flower stem with a pair of leaves. Trout lilies grow in colonies that can be up to 300 years old.