Spring Wildflowers | Backbone State Park

Cutleaf Toothwort (Dentaria laciniata) small pink flowers with four petals drooping from an upright stalk bearing 5 lobed toothed leaves
Cutleaf Toothwort (Dentaria laciniata)

It’s always fun to revisit a favorite place, especially one that holds memories going back to our childhood.  As we drove through Backbone State Park I was recalling the times I’d picnicked there with my cousins, walked the river with my siblings, and hiked it as a teenager.  This time we were on a morel mission.

As we hunted the elusive fungus we came across several other subjects more willing to be found and captured– on film, not in a ‘shroom bag.

This Bellwort was a new discovery for me, and we didn’t see very many of them, just right past the trailhead of the Devil’s Backbone.

Bellwort (uvularia grandiflora) yellow wildflower with drooping twisted bloom
Bellwort (uvularia grandiflora)

This one below is a favorite of mine, although seeing it growing on the side of the hill put it at eye level which made for a different perspective.

Wild Ginger (asarum canadense) red and white 3 lobed flower on fuzzy stalk under leaves
Wild Ginger (asarum canadense)

And go figure we’d find a whole patch of these, and not a single true morel!  Ah well, an excuse to wander the woods another time.

red-brown wrinkled false morel
False Morel (Verpa bohemica)
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