Squirrel corn

I was very happy to see some beautiful colonies of squirrel corn today during our wandering.  This forest preserve is especially sad to me as it was clearly so high quality one day long ago.  And now you have to work hard in some spots to find the remaining native plants among the invasives- you can probably spot a few in these pics but of course my most hated is the garlic mustard.  It blankets so many areas here.  So squirrel corn is related to dutchmans breeches, but here at least squirrel corn blooms and bit later.  I love the lace look of the leaves and the beautiful shapes of the flowers. I grew up with bleeding heart in my mom’s garden, which is a cultivated relative of these.  So they have a soft spot in my heart!

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