Apr. 2, 2020

squirrel corn, Dicentra canadensis

Squirrel corn is another of the irregularly shaped members of the poppy family. Not much like their infamous and symetrical cousins; not that much different from yesterday's yellow fumewort. At Riley, these appeared just a few steps along the trail from fumewort. Not quite as far developed or open. Squirrel corn is sort of an essential wildflower. It's here for our enjoyment, and that of bumblebees. Otherwise it does little for us or wildlife. But that's enough for it to be looked for in CT(T), GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME(T), MI, MN, MO, NC, NH(T), NJ(E), NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, ON, and QC. Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve, Scioto Co OH, 3/30/20. Poppy family, Papaveraceae.